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Constructing discursive differences: towards a "logic" of cities

Konstruktion diskursiver Differenzen: zu einer 'Logik' von Städten
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Gehring, Petra; Großmann, Andreas

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Abstract The article examines an example to consider how the research approach focusing on the "intrinsic logic" of cities can be linked with the methodology of a Foucauldian discourse analysis. The discourse paradigm is related to the empirical base of a corpus analysis of urban "problem discourses". In statements about "problems", these discourses implicate, along with the question of power, the question of the perception and construction of the individual city as a social-spatial form of meaning and practice. This can be demonstrated in exemplary form in the problem discourses of the cities Frankfurt am Main, Dortmund, Birmingham, and Glasgow. The authors suggest that the findings yielded by the methodologically innovative link between philosophical and empirical analysis should be used not only for the research approach "intrinsic logic" of cities as presented here, but also more broadly inasmuch as differences in social space and discursive differences are closely intertwined.
Keywords town; zone; urban research; research approach; paradigm; methodology; discourse analysis; problem; discourse; Federal Republic of Germany; Great Britain
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Research Design
Method theory application
Free Keywords action patterns; intrinsic logic of cities
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 103-114
Journal Historical Social Research, 39 (2014) 2
Issue topic Spatial analysis
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works