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Author Meissner, Miriam.
Title Narrating the global financial crisis : urban imaginaries and the politics of myth / Miriam Meissner.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Author Meissner, Miriam.
Series Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Palgrave studies in globalization, culture and society.
Subject Financial crises.
Sociology, Urban.
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Author Meissner, Miriam.
Series Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Palgrave studies in globalization, culture and society.
Subject Financial crises.
Sociology, Urban.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 252 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Narrating the Global Financial Crisis; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; 1 Introduction: Myths of Finance and the City; Portraying Finance; Financialization; Mapping Myth; 2 Mythical Crisis Perspectives; Myth and Economics; Myth and Crisis; Myth and Finance; Myth and Form; Myth and Cities; 3 Setting the Scene: Financial Spaces and Architectures; Critical Theory and the Capitalist City; Critical Theory and the Late Capitalist City; Setting the Scene: City Geometries; The "Financial Gaze": Urban Panorama Shots; Skyline Speculations; Skyscraper Ambivalence; Facade Perplexities.
Present Absences in the CityNotes; 4 Figuring Flows: Urban Transport Myths of Trading; The New Spirit of Finance Capitalism; The "Subway Pitch"; Subway Mythologies; A "Limology" of Flows; Capital Cosmologies; Flow Sacrifices; 5 Dwelling in Times of Financialization: Dreams, Ruins, Escapism; American Dreams of Dwelling; Chronotopes of Capital; Ruins, New Ruins, Mini Ruins; Dwelling Escapism; Dwelling Deficiencies; 6 Specters of Finance and the Black Box City; Specters of Finance; Black Box Cities; Black Box Myths; Urban Hauntings of Financialization; Notes.
7 Conclusion: Financialization, Spectral Absence and the Politics of MythNote; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Using examples from film, literature and photography, this book analyzes how the Global Financial Crisis is portrayed in contemporary popular culture. In particular, the book explores why particular urban spaces, infrastructures and aesthetics - such as skyline shots in the opening credits of financial crisis films - recur in contemporary crisis narratives. Why are cities and finance connected in the cultural imaginary? Which ideologies do urban crisis imaginaries communicate? And, how do these imaginaries relate to the notion of crisis? To consider these questions, the book reads crisis narratives through the lens of myth. It combines perspectives from cultural, media and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, geography and political economy to argue that the concept of myth can offer new and nuanced insights into the structure and politics of popular financial crisis imaginaries. In so doing, the book also asks if, how and under what conditions urban crisis imaginaries open up or foreclose systematic and political understandings of the Global Financial Crisis as a symptom of the broader process of financialization.
Thesis Ph. D. Universiteit, Amsterdam 2015
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 8, 2017).
ISBN 9783319454115 (electronic bk.)
3319454110 (electronic bk.)
3319454102
9783319454108 (hd. bd.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-45411-5
OCLC # 988869806
Additional Format Print version: Meissner, Miriam. Narrating the global financial crisis. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, Springer International Publishing AG, [2017] 9783319454108 (OCoLC)991612533


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