Monday, May 21, 2018

The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place


Streetscapes are part of the taken-for-granted spaces of everyday urban life, yet they are also contested arenas in which struggles over identity, memory, and place shape the social production of urban space. This book examines the role that street naming has played in the political life of urban streetscapes in both historical and contemporary cities. The renaming of streets and remaking of urban commemorative landscapes have long been key strategies that different political regimes have employed to legitimize spatial assertions of sovereign authority, ideological hegemony, and symbolic power. Over the past few decades, a rich body of critical scholarship has explored the politics of urban toponymy, and the present collection brings together the works of geographers, anthropologists, historians, linguists, planners, and political scientists to examine the power of street naming as an urban place-making practice. Covering a wide range of case studies from cities in Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, the contributions to this volume illustrate how the naming of streets has been instrumental to the reshaping of urban spatial imaginaries and the cultural politics of place.

Table of Contents

1. The Urban Streetscape as Political Cosmos
[Reuben Rose-Redwood, Derek Alderman, and Maoz Azaryahu]
2. Reading Street Names Politically: A Second Reading
[Kari Palonen]
3. Colonial Urban Order, Cultural Politics, and the Naming of Streets in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Singapore
[Brenda Yeoh]
4. Revisiting East Berlin and Haifa: A Comparative Perspective on Renaming the Past
[Maoz Azaryahu]
5. "Armed with an Encyclopedia and an Axe": The Socialist and Post-Socialist Street Toponymy of East Berlin Revisited Through Gramsci
[Jani Vuolteenaho and Guy Puzey]
6. Building a New City Through a New Discourse: Street Name Revolutions in Budapest
[Emilia Palonen]
7. Locating the Geopolitics of Memory in the Polish Streetscape
[Danielle Drozdzewski]
8. Toponymic Changes as Temporal Boundary-Making: Street Renaming in Leningrad/St Petersburg
[Anaïs Marin]
9. The Spatial Codification of Values in Zagreb’s City-Text
[Laura Sakaja and Jelena Stanic]
10. Nationalizing the Streetscape: The Case of Street Renaming in Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
[Monika Palmberger]
11. The Politics of Toponymic Continuity: The Limits of Change and the Ongoing Lives of Street Names
[Duncan Light and Craig Young]
12. Toponymic Complexities in Sub-Saharan African Cities: Informative and Symbolic Aspects from Past to Present
[Liora Bigon and Ambe Njoh]
13. Coloring "Rainbow" Streets: The Struggle for Toponymic Multiracialism in Urban Post-Apartheid South Africa
[Wale Adebanwi]
14. Street Renaming, Symbolic Capital, and Resistance in Durban, South Africa
[James Duminy]
15. Street Naming and the Politics of Belonging: Spatial Injustices in the Toponymic Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
[Derek Alderman and Joshua Inwood]
16. From Number to Name: Symbolic Capital, Places of Memory, and the Politics of Street Renaming in New York City
[Reuben Rose-Redwood]
17. Toponymic Checksum or Flotsam? Recalculating Dubai’s Grid with Makani, "the Smartest Map in the World"
[Maral Sotoudehnia]
18. Contemporary Issues and Future Horizons of Critical Urban Toponymy

[Reuben Rose-Redwood, Derek Alderman, and Maoz Azaryahu]

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