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Space, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought
Californians Coloring outside Ethnic Lines, 1925-1955
Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945

The Promise of the City This page intentionally left blank The Promise of the City Space, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought Kian Tajbakhsh UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley . Los Angeles . London The author wishes to thank Timmy Azziz for suggesting the painting that appears on the cover of the paperback edition. University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England © 2001 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging


absurdly broad. Nevertheless, every Sunday, armed with an old or reconstructed map of Edo, my students and I began a series of "events," consisting of walks around the city. Feeling each fold of the landscape beneath our feet as we walked, we tried to experience the city's space physically as it had been lived by people in and through their history. The impassioned stories we heard from elderly residents throughout the city helped to give substance to our image of the densely meaningful "places" we surveyed. More than once I was astonished at the unexpected

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ephemeral art and the persistence of political resistance. Here, again, memory, muralism, and visual practices intersect: their narration of the murals’ reemergence shows that practitioners contin- ued to understand public art as a means of and a vehicle for rehearsing political identity and action, and the ways in which artists and activists claimed city spaces, including riverbed walls, was a tenacious form of polit- ical contest. Visual practice, material culture, and the repertoire of urban action remained the stuff of political argument and laid a new foundation

a boon to a burden. To be working-class and African American in America’s sub- urban heartland destines workers and their families to be physi- cally isolated from many jobs and from many cultural and life opportunities. It guarantees strain on health and kin networks as men, women, adult siblings, and grandparents test the boundaries of their relationships and sometimes exhaust them in the small city spaces that they share. It requires parents to work overtime to shield and safeguard their boys and girls from the concen- trated dangers of violence

century. Evanescent urban action allowed urban residents to carve out spaces of political mobilization and create languages of political analysis through which they could fashion themselves into active citizens. Seizing city spaces, even if only for a moment or a day, santiaguinos created “an entire mode of thinking” about the city and about “lived urban space” as a site of democratic political prac- tice, contest, and exchange.20 This was a “new politics in the service of an old politician, but all for a New Chile.”21 Ephemeral Histories examines how different

ways in which restoration occurs is defi ned—still—by the invisible walls that surround the recinto colonial.17 Las murallas’ ability to delineate city space continues to rein- force colonial patterns of inclusion and exclusion. What’s more, their shifting and multiple meanings facilitate the offi cial and legal process of excising peoples and spaces from an urban body politic.18 Their ability to demarcate city space now depends on their ability to mobilize still- powerful symbols of colonial exclusion—symbols, I argue, that were introduced centuries ago with

: Chicago, 199; child guid- ance, 204; city planning for, 24,34, 101,175-76,193-04,198-206; diagonal model, 193-9.4,' earthquake-recovery, 199-206; former daimyo site, 24,34; Friends of the Park, 204; named, 13, 175-76,193-94,202-5; plans of, 194, 202, 203; schools and, 198-206,200,20s; vest-pocket, 198-206,200,201,202,203, 20s; waterside, 101,175-76. See also gardens past, interest in the, 171-73, 217-18, 220 Pax Tokugawa, 102-3 pedestrian streets, 130,131,132,134. See also alleyways peripheries. See border areas, city; space, urban place, the logic of

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