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ScenescapesHow Qualities of Place Shape Social Life$
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Daniel Aaron Silver and Terry Nichols Clark

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226356853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226357041.001.0001

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Quantitative Flânerie

Quantitative Flânerie

(p.70) 3 Quantitative Flânerie

Daniel Aaron Silver

Terry Nichols Clark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter illustrates methods for measuring scenes by describing key aspects of the scenescape. We compare specific scenes of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and show how relationships between key dimensions, such as charisma and self-expression, shift across the three cities. The figure of the self-reflective walker, the flâneur, integrates the chapter, as we take a digital tour around the scenescape. The reader encounters our main methodological decisions and innovations as ways of dealing with puzzles that arise naturally from trying to understand the scenes we meet. For instance, we explain how we compute quantitative measures of scene dimensions as a response to the analytical challenges that anybody faces when trying to turn bits of information about places (such as census or yellow pages organizational directory information) into a picture of a whole scene.

Keywords:   flâneur, scenes, amenities

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