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Title: World cities, worlding subjects : a post-phenomenological approach to politics in contemporary urban space
Author: Moonen, Tim
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 6098
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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This project offers a post-phenomenological approach to politics in urban space. Its contribution is to ask , and answer, what becomes of the subject in designed environments in the contemporary global city. Its interdisciplinary motivations are located at the intersection between politics , geography and philosophy . More specifically it extends the engagement between the political study of governmentality, the geographical exploration of embodied everyday life in cities, and the philosophical inquiry into ontology and subjectivity. The project develops a specific post-phenomenological account of world, applying the concepts of foam, affect, habit and event to re-describe how urban spaces are negotiated and practiced. The research site is the city of London, whose initiatives around liveability, innovation and resilience comprise a shared policy framework in many global cities. It uses the method of performative ethnography, supported by interviews with users, designers, architects and policymakers, across a handful of selected spaces in central and East London. It uses ontological insights to explore the politics and ethics of worlds rather than human subjects.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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