Global Cities, (Un)Rooted Lives: Towards a Trans-Scalar Conception of Citizenship

Plenary session paper of conference "Globalising Urban Histories: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Material Cultures and Ideologies in World Cities," organized by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), in Cambridge, UK, 4-5 December 2007.

27 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2011 Last revised: 8 Apr 2014

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Mónica Brito Vieira

University of Lisbon - Institute of Social Science

Filipe Carreira da Silva

University of Lisbon - Institute of Social Science; University of Cambridge - Selwyn College

Date Written: December 10, 2007

Abstract

The question of how human subjectivity responds to urban life was as central to the founding fathers of urban sociology as it is to us today. Simmel’s insight that urban life presents man with an unprecedented, and ever changing complexity, a cognitive and sensuous overload, which reflects back on individuals’ awareness of themselves as multiply holds true, if not truer, of our crowded and densely populated cities as of the fin-de-siècle Berlin which inspired it to be first written. In this paper, we revisit this Simmelian classical theme with a view to critically re-examine contemporary approaches to urban democratic politics.

Keywords: Participation, citizenship, global cities, theory

Suggested Citation

Brito Vieira, Mónica and Carreira da Silva, Filipe, Global Cities, (Un)Rooted Lives: Towards a Trans-Scalar Conception of Citizenship (December 10, 2007). Plenary session paper of conference "Globalising Urban Histories: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Material Cultures and Ideologies in World Cities," organized by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), in Cambridge, UK, 4-5 December 2007.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1941996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1941996

Mónica Brito Vieira

University of Lisbon - Institute of Social Science ( email )

Av. Prof. Anibal de Bettencourt, 9
Lisbon, 1600-189
Portugal

Filipe Carreira da Silva (Contact Author)

University of Lisbon - Institute of Social Science ( email )

Av. Prof. Anibal de Bettencourt, 9
Lisbon, 1600-189
Portugal

University of Cambridge - Selwyn College ( email )

Cambridge
United Kingdom

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