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The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City

Reinhold Martin


The Urban Apparatus analyzes urbanization and the contemporary city in aesthetic, socioeconomic, and mediapolitical terms. Its main argument is that understanding the city as infrastructure (i.e. hardware in all senses) reveals the category of the urban, and of urbanization, to be a way of imparting functional, aesthetic, and cognitive order to a contradictory, doubly-bound neoliberal regime, rather than an empirical or properly theoretical description of that regime. The “urban” is, in short, an apparatus of power and of knowledge. The book’s detailed theoretical introduction elaborates this ... More

Keywords: Apparatus, Infrastructure, Urban, Urbanization, Media, Mediapolitics, Aesthetics, Politics, Space, Cities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517901189
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517901189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinhold Martin, author
Columbia University