Ulf Matthiesen: A Phenomenologist Goes to Town! “Spatial Turn,” “Urban Terroir” and the Life-World/Milieu-Paradigm: Strengthening Recent Phenomenological Approaches in City Research
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A Phenomenologist Goes to Town!“Spatial Turn,” “Urban Terroir” and the Life-World/Milieu-Paradigm: Strengthening Recent Phenomenological Approaches in City Research
Cities are one of the most important life-world-domains in our rapidly urbanizing world. A more enthusiastic and essentialist discourse type would even address them as “the greatest invention of mankind” (Daniel Libeskind, American-Jewish Architect). In five steps I will try to show how the phenomenological “Life-World/Milieu-Paradigm” (and some of its social, structural and communicative variants) gets growing relevance in studying and structuring city life-worlds. This has at least two closely related aspects:
– on the one hand, the Life-World/Milieu-Paradigm can help to improve adequate and relevant urbanist research and reconstruction strategies, especially addressing “the city as a whole” (Robert E. Park) and its intricate “urban” constellations;
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