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The Philosophical Consideration on the Placeness of Alley - A Suggestion for the Future of the City -

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2016, (63), pp.35-65
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 10, 2016
  • Accepted : October 31, 2016

Kim, Jong-Gyu 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper seeks to preserve and rehabilitate ‘alleys’ within cities from the standpoint of cultural philosophy. The place of ‘alleys’ does not have functional significance as mere pathways, but have significance as related to the home. The home is profoundly related to our life; so are the ‘alleys.’ However, in the process of city development, ‘alleys’ are detached from our intimate life and replaced by ‘roads.’ ‘Alleys’ turn into naught. We detect a power relation in this process in the history of city development. City development involves incessant nullification of ‘place,’ and the latter involves unstopping demolition of civil rights. This reflects none other than a power relation. Gentrification, a repeatedly reappearing phenomenon in the history of space formation, corroborates that the deterioration of civil rights is related to the nullification of ‘place.’ After all, this implies that the ‘place’ of ‘alleys’ should be preserved as the right to the city due to citizens, that is, the living, abiding subjects.

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