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commodification and militarization of American public space

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2006
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The history of public space in America is consistent with a pattern of privatization, rationalization, and individual escapism. From the frontier to the regulatory bureaucracy and into suburbanization and New Urbanism, we have and are witnessing the steady decline of vibrant, critical, and democratic public spheres and their replacement with a corporate and media controlled space that reflects the commodification and militarization of American culture at the hands of these corporate elites. After tracing a genealogy of the public and public space, this thesis will focus on two examples of New Urbanist design that illustrate the corporate nature of community politics: the Disney Corporation's Celebration, Florida and DreamWorks' Playa Vista, California. Discussing the ideological basis for both communities, this thesis will suggest possible lessons to be learned for the creation of a public based on an ethic of common ground made possible by organized resistance to corporate manipulation of place.
Title: The commodification and militarization of American public space: from a genealogy of the public to a politics of place.
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Name(s): Case, Timothy.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
electronic resource
Extent: iv, 99 leaves : ill.
Language(s): English
Summary: The history of public space in America is consistent with a pattern of privatization, rationalization, and individual escapism. From the frontier to the regulatory bureaucracy and into suburbanization and New Urbanism, we have and are witnessing the steady decline of vibrant, critical, and democratic public spheres and their replacement with a corporate and media controlled space that reflects the commodification and militarization of American culture at the hands of these corporate elites. After tracing a genealogy of the public and public space, this thesis will focus on two examples of New Urbanist design that illustrate the corporate nature of community politics: the Disney Corporation's Celebration, Florida and DreamWorks' Playa Vista, California. Discussing the ideological basis for both communities, this thesis will suggest possible lessons to be learned for the creation of a public based on an ethic of common ground made possible by organized resistance to corporate manipulation of place.
Identifier: 315733686 (oclc), 11591 (digitool), FADT11591 (IID), fau:1323 (fedora)
Note(s): by Timothy Case.
Typescript (Photocopy).
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2006.
Bibliography: leaves 95-99.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2006. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Cities and towns -- United States
Regional planning -- United States
Sustainable development
Land use, Urban -- United States -- History
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