Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life

University of Chicago Press

Let’s set the scene: There’s a regular on his barstool, beer in hand. He’s watching a young couple execute a complicated series of moves on the dance floor, while at the table in the corner the DJ adjusts his headphones and slips a new beat into the mix. These are all experiences created by a given scene—one where we feel connected to other people, in places like a bar or a community center, a neighborhood parish or even a train station. Scenes enable experiences, but they also cultivate skills, create ambiances, and nourish communities.

In Scenescapes, Daniel Aaron Silver and Terry Nichols Clark examine the patterns and consequences of the amenities that define our streets and strips. They articulate the core dimensions of the theatricality, authenticity, and legitimacy of local scenes—cafes, churches, restaurants, parks, galleries, bowling alleys, and more. Scenescapes not only re-imagines cities in cultural terms, it details how scenes shape economic development, residential patterns, and political attitudes and actions. In vivid detail and with wide-angle analyses—encompassing an analysis of 40,000 ZIP codes—Silver and Clark give readers tools for thinking about place; tools that can teach us where to live, work, or relax, and how to organize our communities.

About the Authors
Daniel Aaron Silver is associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Terry Nichols Clark is professor of sociology at the University of Chicago.
Publication
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9780226356990 Published September 2016
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780226356853 Published September 2016
E-book $10.00 to $37.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226357041 Published September 2016

 


  • Topics

    • Data/Analytics
    • History/Sociology
    • Other
    • Urban Form