Sensing the city: urban experiences

Law, Lisa (2005) Sensing the city: urban experiences. In: Cloke, Paul, Crang, Philip, and Goodwin, Mark, (eds.) Introducing Human Geographies. Hodder Education, London, UK, pp. 439-450.

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[Extract] Take a moment to think about what the word 'city' means to you. Where does your imagination begin? Do you think of what a city looks like? Do you visually map it, picturing its architecture and urban form? Do you look down at it from above or do you imagine yourself wandering through the streets? Perhaps instead of seeing the city, and conjuring it from your visual imagination, you contemplate the city's distinctive aromas or sounds. Do you smell car exhaust fumes, bakeries, coffee, perfume? Do you hear traffic, mobile phones, music, multiple languages? Or perhaps you have a disability and think of the city in a haptic register, possibly as a difficult place to get around. Do any of these senses evoke negative feelings, such as fear, or positive associations such as freedom or pleasure? How do we begin thinking about the city and the different experiences it evokes? Can we connect these seemingly routine experiences to culture and politics? This chapter encourages you to think about the senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – as one possible way to investigate these issues.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-340-88276-4
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 03:38
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