Public spaces have long been the focus of urban social activity, but investigations of how public space works often adopt only one of several possible perspectives, which restricts the questions that can be asked and the answers that can be considered. In this volume, Anthony Orum and Zachary Neal explore how public space can be a facilitator of civil order, a site for power and resistance, and a stage for art, theatre, and performance. They bring together these frequently unconnected models for understanding public space, collecting classic and contemporary readings that illustrate each, and synthesizing them in a series of original essays. Throughout, they offer questions to provoke discussion, and conclude with thoughts on how these models can be combined by future scholars of public space to yield more comprehensive understanding of how public space works.

chapter |10 pages

Locating Public Space

part |2 pages

PART 1: Public Space as Civil Order

chapter |5 pages


chapter |8 pages

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

chapter |9 pages

The Character of Third Places

chapter |7 pages

The Moral Order of Strangers

chapter |19 pages

Street Etiquette and Street Wisdom

part |2 pages

PART 2: Public Space as Power and Resistance