Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects

Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects

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Hardcover, Univ of California Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780520275669, ISBN10 0520275667
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Hardcover, Univ of California Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780520275669, ISBN10 0520275667

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Hardcover, Univ of California Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780520275669, ISBN10 0520275667

Preserved buildings and historic districts, museums and reconstructions have become an important part of the landscape of cities around the world. Beginning in the 1970s, Tokyo participated in this trend. However, repeated destruction and rapid redevelopment left the city with little building stock of recognized historical value. Late twentieth-century Tokyo thus presents an illuminating case of the emergence of a new sense of history in the city's physical environment, since it required both a shift in perceptions of value and a search for history in the margins and interstices of a rapidly modernizing cityscape. Scholarship to date has tended to view historicism in the postindustrial context as either a genuine response to loss, or as a cynical commodification of the past. The historical process of Tokyo's historicization suggests other interpretations. Moving from the politics of the public square to the invention of neighborhood community, to oddities found and appropriated in the streets, to the consecration of everyday scenes and artifacts as heritage in museums, "Tokyo Vernacular" traces the rediscovery of the past--sometimes in unlikely forms--in a city with few traditional landmarks. Tokyo's rediscovered past was mobilized as part of a new politics of the everyday after the failure of mass politics in the 1960s. Rather than conceiving the city as national center and claiming public space as national citizens, the post-1960s generation came to value the local places and things that embodied the vernacular language of the city, and to seek what could be claimed as common property outside the spaces of corporate capitalism and the state.

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Number of Pages: 208
Original Languages: English
Author: Sand, Jordan
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Publication Date: July, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780520275669
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0520275667
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