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City of Flows : Modernity, Nature, and the City - Maria Kaika

City of Flows

Modernity, Nature, and the City

Paperback Published: 27th December 2004
ISBN: 9780415947169
Number Of Pages: 216

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City and nature are typically perceived as opposites: cities are manufactured social creations, while nature is the opposite of artificial - outside the realm of the social except when extracted or otherwise worked upon by humans. In City of Flows , Maria Kaika, a tenured geographer at Oxford, argues against this perception through a novel theoretical investigation of the tight interrelationship between the modern city and nature. She looks at water, at once the most "natural" of elements and one that is available to virtually all city dwellers in the Western world through an incredibly complex system of pipes, taps, water towers, and aqueducts. Through an historical geography of water in the modern city, Kaika shows that nature and the modern city are fully intertwined, with cities integrating nature into the most mundane activities and at every level. She delves into the vast infrastructure of water, looking at how it circulates outward from nature into all facets of urban social life and dissolves any sense of a geographical divide between nature and the social. In the process, she considers how the different ways of harnessing water for the city have corresponded to different epochs in modern Western history.

Preface : visions of modernizationp. 3
The urbanization of naturep. 11
The phantasmagoria of the modernist dreamp. 27
Nature as the urban uncannyp. 51
Awesome nature : modernizing as an archaeological project (early 19th century)p. 79
Tamed nature (late 19th and early 20th century)p. 107
Tamed nature as a source of crisis (late 20th century)p. 141
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ISBN: 9780415947169
ISBN-10: 0415947162
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th December 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1