Toward a New Sociospatial Dialectic

In his book “City of Rhetoric”, David Fleming introduces the idea of how societal structures influence relations within his “Toward a New Sociospatial Dialectic” chapter. Ultimately, Fleming argues that physical structures such as location and built environment relates to public discourse. He uses example such as Chicago to argue this point. Within this chapter, he mentions various communities and socioeconomic status. As well, goes into depth pertaining to suburban and urban life; essentially becoming his focus.

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The city of Chicago

Fleming analyzes certain aspects of these communities such as the well being. He concludes from his observations that people living amongst certain communities and their feelings about their built environment are based on socioeconomic status. To further his argument, Fleming uses examples such as people living in communities with higher economic status tend to have better resources and opportunities compared to those in urban communities (Fleming 182). Socioeconomic status is a reflection of how communities and people living in their built environments. Essentially, reminding those reading this chapter that socioeconomic status and the location of a community is a reflection of resources.


Ultimately, location and distribution of wealth are factors pertaining to the built environments within communities. Fleming coins in these terms such as public discourse and socio spatial dialectic to reiterate his common theme within this chapter. Essentially, Fleming uses this chapter to urge readers to use this as a guide, particularly when focusing on urban and suburban communities. Overall, wealth and locations play factors to how societies and built environments are set up.

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