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The image of New York

The image of New York
The image of New York as quintessence and unique reflection of urban America -An analysis of the city’s emergence in the post World War II period
Autor: Ioana IACOB
Editura Lumen
www.edituralumen.ro
www.librariavirtuala.com
Iasi, 2008
Nr. pag. 153
ISBN 978-973-166-099-8
In its unremitting quest for the elusive destination of an ‘all-encompassing’ locus, the American city forges a panoramic view dominated by a history of diversity and cosmopolitan specificity. The breath-taking odyssey that carried the urban space from a gregarious pragmatic community, to a cultural promoter of the nation’s artistic mission and eventually, to an economic leader of the global democracy, reads as a vortex in which identities, architectural revolutions and ideological mobs joint inside the pot of America. Its ramifying story of acceptance, assimilation, rejection and stereotypy brought the city at a stage where one can only hint at the complexity that governs the metropolis’s structure in terms of democratic narrative. Indeed, growing simultaneously with the transforming conception of American freedom and pursuit of achievement, the city never stops its trajectory, becoming, instead, a centripetal force that causes both prosperity and grievous distress upon America. New York’s story of the wealthy and the indigent, the heralded and the forgotten, the corporate magnate and the thirsty consumer, depicts precisely the discourse of a nation that cast its web over an ocean of differences and obtained a fruitful hegemony.
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