March 27, 2017 - Juan Montas
A New Sociospatial Dialectic
In Part 3, Chapter 8, “Towards a New Sociospatial Dialectic” of City of Rhetoric, David Fleming discusses how social environments can affect how certain individuals resolve conflict and how we act. Fleming argues how the first two parts of City of Rhetoric describe “a human landscape beset by privatism… They told the story of a society, in which, for the past century or more, the most privileged persons, families, and institutions have fled to city towards the suburbs” (Fleming, 180). By saying this Fleming explains how this change has been affecting society in such ways that societies themselves are being divided and isolated. People do not know to interact with other social classes and communities leading to conflict.
There are place such as 1230 North Burling Street in which individuals pursue their own desire and work together as a community to make the city a public place to live and share. Correlations between an individual and and physical locations show the idea that a place matters. The relationship of these two is an idea that Fleming has incorporated throughout the entire book. “That places matter for civic life is that nearly everyone connected to the debate about Cabrini Green agrees that the physical organization of metropolitan Chicago is both cause and effect of intense social fragmentation” (Fleming, 191). Although it is difficult to change the culture or influence the people in an environment the best way to do so is by communicating like Fleming says. A proper living environment can not only benefit an individual, it can also help a community.
Fleming, David. City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America. SUNY Press, 2008.