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Subjectivity and the Transformation of Urban Spatial Experience


Jacobs, KA, Subjectivity and the Transformation of Urban Spatial Experience, Housing, Theory and Society, 19, (2) pp. 102-111. ISSN 1403-6096 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/140360902760385655


Philosophical and sociological writers who extol the role of subjectivity and its capacity to transform urban spatial experience have been largely overlooked by housing researchers. As a consequence research remains largely focused on physical and spatial renewal. While physical renewal is important, other experiences - for example the gentrification process in which middle-class households move into run down areas shunned by most inhabitants - suggest that individual subjectivity can have an important role in transforming urban spatial experience. There is a strand of literature, across a range of academic disciplines, that advances the view that an ability to live successfully in large conurbation's is partly contingent on the utilisation of our own imaginative capacity as a means of transcending what are usually seen as oppressive and hostile environments. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the inter-disciplinary literature that extols the importance of subjectivity and assess its utility for contemporary debates about housing and urban renewal. Can these texts offer new ways of conceptualising the urban environment and, more importantly, be of practical relevance for policy-making?.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:24140
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2009-08-07
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