Cliches of Urban Doom : The Dystopian Politics of Metaphors for the Unequal City - a View from Brussels

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Cliches of Urban Doom : The Dystopian Politics of Metaphors for the Unequal City - a View from Brussels
Author Baeten, Guy
Date 2001
English abstract
Drawing on evidence from the city of Brussels, it will be argued that much of today's urban governance discourses and practices contributes to anti-urban ‘clichés of urban doom’ and betrays middle-class, ethnocentric, sexist and racist prejudices about urban societies. Mainstream conceptions of urban problems and policies are modernist, white, patriarchal, heterosexual, nuclear family-minded, middle-class and suburban. Mainstream urban planning metaphors contribute to, instead of help to eliminate, sexist and racist urban politics. The uncritical use of concepts such as ‘polarization’, ‘exclusion’ or ‘poverty’ accords with the quest for urban purification by dominant groups in society, who seek to minimalize the urban experience of heterogeneity, otherness, diversity and urban unpredictability. The main contribution of this paper will be in trying to make clear how some key metaphors in contemporary urban planning disempower the already disempowered and in fact contribute to conservative urban politics, even when they are not intended to.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.00297 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue International Journal of Urban and Regional Research;1
Volume 25
ISSN 1468-2427
Pages 55-69
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22509 Permalink to this page
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