A Tale of Two Cities: Global Change, Local Feeling and by Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor

By Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor

A story of 2 towns is a examine of 2 significant towns, Manchester and Sheffield. Drawing at the paintings of significant theorists, the authors discover the standard lifestyles, making contributions to our knowing of the defining actions of existence.

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But it is becoming quite clear that there are enormous variations in the local expression of these global processes: Sheffield has RECOGNISING LOCAL DIFFERENCE 19 the Meadowhall Centre, proclaimed at the time of opening in 1989 as being the largest indoor shopping mall in Europe, and also an enviable collection of new sports stadia, built for the World Student Games held in the city in 1991. 17 In Chapter 3, we trace the development of the major issue of public concern in the city of Sheffield—the ‘crisis of the city centre’—which parallels developments in many North American cities in the 1990s.

SIGNIFYING LOCAL IDENTITY The vast range of badges, scarves, shirts and other items of kit worn by football fans across England are one well-known example of the way in which particular places or regions (‘spaces’) are taken up as signifiers of a local identity or affiliation. Another less widely remarked site for the active recycling of local culture and identity are the signs outside public houses, and the names given to these pubs. Sometimes, this may simply involve the naming of a pub after a significant local folk hero.

Lash and Urry 1994:212) A considerable amount of research was undertaken in Britain during the 1980s on the essentially uneven fate and experience of different localities with respect to ‘de-industrialisation’ and the shift to ‘postFordist arrangements of production’. It is probably fair to say that the logic of enquiry in these studies, deriving from a realist political economy tradition, rather than from the perspective of a cultural sociology of place, has not so far generated an account of this unevenness in terms of what we are calling a ‘local structure of feeling’.

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