Rending the “Cosmopolitan Canopy”: COVID-19 and Urban Public Space

27 November 2020

By Philip Kasinitz

Those of us lucky enough to be able to work from home now joke about what the blurring of the line between public and domestic space means for our everyday lives: attending “zoom” meetings in sweat pants (or no pants); the little glimpses of the private lives of our colleagues and bosses that spill over onto the screens. Yet, I don’t think we have fully begun to grasp the implications of the sudden withdrawal from public life has meant for our social relations and our politics.

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