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Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment
Hybrid Urbanism
ISBN-13: 978-0275966126
ISBN-10: 0275966127

About the Book

Despite strong forces toward globalization, much of late 20th century urbanism demonstrates a movement toward cultural differentiation. Such factors as ethnicity and religious and cultural heritages have led to the concept of hybridity as a shaper of identity. Challenging the common assumption that hybrid peoples create hybrid places and hybrid places house hybrid people, this book suggests that hybrid environments do not always accommodate pluralistic tendencies or multicultural practices. In contrast to the standard position that hybrid space results from the merger of two cultures, the book introduces the concept of a third place and argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the principal.

In contributed chapters, the book provides case studies of the third place, enabling a comparative and transnational examination of the complexity of hybridity. The book is divided into two parts. Part one deals with pre-20th century examples of places that capture the intersection of modernity and hybridity. Part two considers equivalent sites in the late 20th century, demonstrating how hybridity has been a central feature of globalization.

Editorial Reviews

"Hybrid Urbanism provides one of the best summaries of the literature on identity discourse and the built environment that I have seen to date....This stimulating book illustrates the complexity of identity in relation to the built environment. The book should be on any graduate course reading list that deals with difference, identity, landscape, representation, the built environment, hybridity, multiculturalism, and so on." - International Planning Studies.

"Hybrid Urbanism provides one of the best summaries of the literature on identity discourse and the built environment that I have seen to date....This stimulating book illustrates the complexity of identity in relation to the built environment. The book should be on any graduate course reading list that deals with difference, identity, landscape, representation, the built environment, hybridity, multiculturalism, and so on." - International Planning Studies.

About the Author

NEZAR ALSAYYAD is Professor of Architecture and Planning and Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California―Berkeley. He has been director of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments and chief editor of its journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review since 1988. His published books include Cities and Caliphs (Greenwood, 1991) and Forms of Dominance (1993).

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