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Asian Ethical Urbanism

Author: William S W Lim
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814480509
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' With the impending demise of modernist planning, the footprints and corpses of failed modernist visions are littered everywhere. A vacuum of implementable urban theories has occurred at the time when unprecedented expansion and restructuring of cities in rapidly developing economies are taking place. In this collection of essays, William S W Lim zeroes in on the peculiarities and dynamics of present Asian urban and architectural conditions in order to challenge and transcend the socio-ecological forms and political influences generated by the current system of global capitalism. Part I of this book consists of the main essay, which attempts to establish baselines for an effective formulation of ethical urbanism in Asia, by clarifying issues that have previously been unquestioningly bound up with Western values and discourses. As an architect/urbanist, Lim lends a determinedly spatialist and environmental perspective to issues such as rights, ethics, happiness and social justice, while compelling his readers to rethink previously established notions about them. Part II of this book consists of three city studies on Hanoi, Shanghai and Singapore, completed in the last two years, which attempt to match Lim's theoretical formulation with actual conditions occurring in Asia today. Also included is “Asian Architecture in the New Millennium”, a fascinating discourse on contemporary design conducted from a postmodern perspective. Contents:OrientationsAsian Ethical UrbanismPost-Planning as a Credible Instrument for Asian Ethical UrbanismAsian Architecture in the New Millennium: A Postmodern ImageryAncient Quarter Hanoi: A Living TraditionHave You Been Shanghaied? Culture and Urbanism in Glocalised ShanghaiArchitecture, Art, Identity in Singapore: Is There Life After Tabula Rasa? Readership: Academics interested in cultural and urban studies, architects and urbanists. Keywords:Asia;Culture;Urbanism;Postmodern Studies;Ethics;HumanitiesKey Features:The author, having lectured widely on subjects relating to architecture and urbanism around the region, has in depth knowledge of Asian cities and their urban and architectural conditionsThe book provides an alternative urbanism addressing the unprecedented urban explosion in the emerging non-Western economies and the increasingly prevalent post-modern conditions of pluralistic culture, tolerance of differences, fragmentation and chaotic orderThe book presents a radical theory of Asian ethical urbanism, which transcends and discards the constraints and rigidity of modernist planning and situates its critical substances within the challenging conditions of Asian cities todayReviews:“Asian Ethical Urbanism sets out the challenge to all involved in the improvement of city life in times of explosive growth. And that, as Lim argues requires innovation from us all, policy setters, developers and designers.”Leon van Schaik Innovation Professor RMIT University, Melbourne “With these essays, Lim sets the issue of architecture and urbanism at a very fundamental level: defining and defending a good life for all. Like the conscience of the profession, he reminds us to place more faith in life-worlds than systems, more commitment to justice than profit, more interest in liberty than control.”Li Shiqiao Assistant Professor NUS, Singapore “Architects view urban spaces quite differently from social scientists … Rare is an architect who immerses himself in social science literature, and the rarest of all, is the architect who adopts social science theory to enhance explanations of the brick and mortar creations of his own discipline. This book is an example of what fascinating forms can be created if the two are successfully merged.”Sharon Siddique Development Sociologist “Overall, this book, espousing a radical urban vision, is recommended to architects and planners with an interest in doing more than merely facilitating Asia's wild capitalism, with its bulldozer approach to clearing the city to make way for the high-rise towers of commerce and glitz.”Pacific Affairs '

Religion Education And Post Modernity

Author: Andrew Wright
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134426410
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This book, the first to explore religious education and post-modernity in depth, sets out to provide a much needed examination of the problems and possibilities post-modernity raises for religious education. At once a general introduction to this topic and a distinctive contribution to the debate in its own right, Religion, Education and Post-modernity explores and illuminates the problems, and possibilities opened up for religious education by postmodern thought and culture. The book describes the emergence of post-modernity, considers the impact of post-modernity on religion, addresses its impact on the philosophy of religion and considers the nature of religious education in the post-modern world. Andrew Wright argues that, although post-modernity has much to offer the religious educator, there are also many pitfalls and dangers to be avoided. Steering clear of the extreme of post-modern hyper-realism, he constructs a religious pedagogy sensitive to post-modern concerns for alterity, difference and the voice of the Other, whilst insisting on the importance of reasons in cultivating religious literacy.

The Post Modern And The Post Industrial

Author: Margaret A. Rose
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521409520
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The first book to provide a critical survey of the many different uses made of the term post-modern across a number of different disciplines.

Planning In Postmodern Times

Author: Philip Allmendinger
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415234238
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Postmodern social theory has provided significant insights into our understanding of society and its components. Key thinkers including Foucault, Baudrillard and Lyotard have challenged existing ideas about power and rationality in society. One area that has been largely immune to such developments has been urban planning. This book analyses planning from a postmodern perspective and explores alternative conceptions based on a combination of postmodern thinking and other fields of social theory. In doing so, it exposes some of the limits of postmodern social theory while providing an alternative conception of planning in the 21st century. This title will appeal to anyone interested in how we think and act in relation to cities, urban planning and governance.

Alternative Modernity

Author: Andrew Feenberg
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520915701
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In this new collection of essays, Andrew Feenberg argues that conflicts over the design and organization of the technical systems that structure our society shape deep choices for the future. A pioneer in the philosophy of technology, Feenberg demonstrates the continuing vitality of the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. He calls into question the anti-technological stance commonly associated with its theoretical legacy and argues that technology contains potentialities that could be developed as the basis for an alternative form of modern society. Feenberg's critical reflections on the ideas of Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-François Lyotard, and Kitaro Nishida shed new light on the philosophical study of technology and modernity. He contests the prevalent conception of technology as an unstoppable force responsive only to its own internal dynamic and politicizes the discussion of its social and cultural construction. This argument is substantiated in a series of compelling and well-grounded case studies. Through his exploration of science fiction and film, AIDS research, the French experience with the "information superhighway," and the Japanese reception of Western values, he demonstrates how technology, when subjected to public pressure and debate, can incorporate ethical and aesthetic values.

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Author: Steve Redhead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748688978
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This book sets out a variety of reasons why we should move away from seeing the recent era as 'postmodern' and our culture as 'postmodernist' through a series of analyses of contemporary culture.

Iron Curtains

Author: Sonia A. Hirt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118295951
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Iron Curtains has been awarded Honorable Mention forthe 2013 ASEEES Harvard Davis Center Book Prize! The prize issponsored by Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russianand Eurasian Studies and is awarded annually by the Association forSlavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, for an outstandingmonograph published on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe inanthropology, political science, sociology, orgeography. Utilizing research conducted primarily with residents of Sofia,Bulgaria, Iron Curtains: Gates, Suburbs, and Privatization ofSpace in the Post-socialist City explores the human dimensionof new city-building that has emerged in East Europe. Features original data, illustrations, and theory on theprocess of privatization of resources in societies undergoingfundamental socio-economic transformations, such as those inEastern Europe Represents the sole in-depth monograph on contemporaryurbanism in Southeast Europe Makes a broader statement on issues of urbanism in Europe andother parts of the world while highlighting the complex connectionsbetween cultures and cities

Tourism New Directions And Alternative Tourism

Author: Stephen Williams
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415243766
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This collection of key articles from the most influential journals and books in the field examines what social scientists mean by the term tourism, and what it means to be a tourist. Carefully selected and introduced by the editor, this material charts the sociological changes that have occurred in tourism, and the change from the upper-class grand tours of the late nineteenth-century to the mass tourism of the present day. The collection also assesses the economic impacts of tourism on local economies, environmental considerations, and whether the growth of tourism is sustainable in a post-September 11th world. "Tourism: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences" is an accessible and comprehensive resource designed for academics and scholars researching in tourism, globalization, and human geography.

Nietzsche Heidegger And The Transition To Postmodernity

Author: Gregory B. Smith
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226763408
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Among the most influential and enigmatic thinkers of the modern age, Nietzsche and Heidegger have become pivotal in the struggle to define postmodernism. In this work, Gregory Smith offers the most comprehensive examination to date of the turn to postmodernity in the writings of these philosophers. Smith argues that, while much of postmodern thought is rooted in Nietzsche and Heidegger, it has ironically attempted, whether unwittingly or by design, to deflect their philosophy back onto a modern path. Other alternative paths emanating from both Nietzschean and Heideggerian thought that might more powerfully speak to postmodern culture have been ignored. Nietzsche and Heidegger, Smith suggests, have made possible a far more revolutionary critique of modernity then even their most ardent postmodern admirers have realized. Smith contends that the influences on the postmodern in the thought of Nietzsche and Heidegger are founded in a new vision of praxis liberated from theory. Ultimately, these philosophers do transcend the nihilism often found in the guise of postmodernism. Their thought is, moreover, consistent with the possibility of limited constitutional government and the rule of law. Smith's book takes the first step toward recovering these possibilities and posing the fundamental questions of politics and ethics in ways that have heretofore been closed off by late-modern thought.