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Looking for the Post-Postmodern City

by Hector Fernando Burga

Ed Soja's exploration of Los Angeles set forth a new agenda for the study of Postmodern urbanism at the dawn of the 20th century. How does Soja's interpretation of Los Angeles as a paradigmatic site reverberate today? Does the hyper-reality of LA apply to the hyper-growth of the metropolises of the Global South? Do social network technologies challenge the notion of control, incarceration and dislocation? Where and how do we start looking for the post-postmodern city?