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The View from Above by Jeanne Haffner

The View from Above

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The View from Above by Jeanne Haffner
Mar 22, 2013 | ISBN 9780262312653

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Haffner elegantly elaborates on how the interpretation of the aerial view shifted from encapsulating ‘the humanistic, Enlightenment-inspired promise of global unity through technology’ to symbolizing for Lefebvre and the French New Left colonialism ‘the ‘spectacle’ of capitalist consumerism, and the repressiveness of state-controlled urban planning’ (109). She argues in her nuanced, rich, and elegantly written history that the distinction so often made between ”top-down’ urban planning and its ‘bottom-up’ critique’ simplifies a more complex story—a story that can best be unraveled by an interdisciplinary approach. By offering such an interdisciplinary history, this book complements not only the literature on visual culture, the history of science, and French architectural, urban, and planning history, but also the work on individual thinkers such as Henri Lefebvre, and it will therefore prove valuable reading for scholars in all these fields.—Journal of Modern History

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