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 learn of 2 significant towns, Manchester and Sheffield. Drawing at the paintings of significant theorists, the authors discover the typical lifestyles, making contributions to our knowing of the defining actions of existence.

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Social commentators, urban policy makers and academic social scientists ignore these well-established, commonsense appraisals of city location by long-time residents, newcomers and visitors alike, in terms of positive or negative aspects of their geographical location and climate, at their peril. It is also vitally important, we would argue, to understand how popular common sense deals with the given physical and material features of the actual cities themselves (from factory sites, through particular housing estates or high-rise buildings and city-centre shops, to pubs and local municipal parks), and, most notoriously of all, how concrete underpasses, city-centre car parks, and other areas of public resort with low visibility and uncertain custodianship become important topics in popular conversation.

DIFFERENT FOLKS In Part III of this book, we will develop another important sociological argument—namely, that there are several publics in the cities of the North of England, other than the modern-day professional consumer of cities, on the one hand, and the male industrial workers who have been so dominant historically in these cities, on the other. This truth became absolutely apparent early in a series of street surveys which we undertook in Manchester and Sheffield in the first months of 1992, in our first attempt to identify the different patterns of use of different urban territories in these two conurbations by different sections of the public.

Joyce 1991:257–8). At other times, a pub’s given name may become the object of some active local renegotiation: on Snig Hill, in Sheffield, there was for many years a public house of dubious local reputation, the Black Swan, known universally to all Sheffielders as ‘the Mucky Duck’. In the 1980s, when the pub was reconfigured as a city-centre wine bar, the owners faithfully recognised the power of local myth and decided, indeed, that this new Sheffield leisure spot should be called ‘The Mucky Duck’.

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