Class Glossary

Embodied (Fleming): This signifies when something, somewhere or someone is an example of a certain thing. For example, in Fleming’s City of Rhetoric, he mentions how certain people are the embodiment of the Suburbia. This means these people are the perfect example of the typical Suburbia resident.  

Situated (Fleming): Situated has to do with the location of a certain person, place or thing. In Fleming’s work, he uses situated in different parts of the book to talk about geopolitical and socioeconomic perceptions. 

Network (Davidson, Fleming): A group or system of interconnected things. In City of Rhetoric, Fleming referred to the cities/locations as networks, for they connected people from different commonplaces.  

Publics (Fleming): This refers to the section of a community where people share common interest or connection. A good example from the book of a place without a strong public sphere is the Suburbia. According to Fleming, members of the Suburbia like to live in their own world, keeping as much distance as possible from others and isolating themselves around their close relatives/loved ones.

Commonplaces (Fleming): Commonplaces don’t exactly refer to actual places, but to communities that share a common idea or theme (topos). An example would be how even though American University is in DC, the commonplace existing here is completely different than the one existing at George Washington University. This happens because commonplaces take into consideration the community and the history of the place, not only its geographical location.


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