Moving the Margins of Tokyo

  title={Moving the Margins of Tokyo},
  author={Paul Waley},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={1533 - 1550}
  • P. Waley
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • History
  • Urban Studies
We make sense of urban space by investing it with names, names that over time accrue meanings both polyvalent at any one point in time and mutating through time. The extent and meanings of Shitamachi, one of Tokyo's central territorial concepts, have changed significantly throughout the city's history. In this paper, I first chart these changing meanings and then set the territory within the wider terrain of capital city as vehicle for the twin interests of state and capital. Urban space in… 

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