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Realising the city

Urban ethnography in Manchester

Edited by Camilla Lewis and Jessica Symons

Realising the city

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0073-3
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: December 2017
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Geography, Urban communities, Urban & municipal planning, Social & cultural anthropology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development, Society & social sciences / Anthropology, Local History, Urban Communities, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Urban & municipal planning, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

Description

This book offers an inside view of Manchester, England demonstrating the complexity of urban dynamics from a range of ethnographic vantage points, including the city's football clubs, the airport, housing estates, the Gay Village and the city's annual civic parade. These perspectives help trace the multiple dynamics of a vibrant and rapidly changing post-industrial city, showing how people's decisions and actions co-produce the city and give it shape. Using the metaphor of the kaleidoscope, with each turn of the wheel, another aspect of the city is materialised. In doing so, the contributors complicate the dominant narrative of Manchester's renaissance as driven by the city administration's entrepreneurial ethos. By taking up civic space and resources with council-led cultural representations focused largely on generating financial income for the city, three decades of command-and-control politics has inhibited grassroots and spontaneous forms of emergent publics.

Reviews

The city always reinvents itself. Manchester's contemporary playbook of this script is famously shaped by a new mayoral governance of the city region. But in the shadow of the grand plans, in the interstices of political drivers and economic imperatives, social invention driven by necessity and creativity generates alternative cities. Through vivid ethnographic snapshots that range from the new city commons to the emergent urbanism of the twenty-first century lounge this volume provides unique insights into the new Manchester and a vindication of the ongoing value of contemporary ethnographic scholarship.'
Professor Michael Keith is Director of COMPAS, Co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme

Editor

Camilla Lewis is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department at the University of Manchester

Jessica Symons is an Urban Anthropologist at University of Manchester

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