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 lifestyles.
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9 A particularly powerful dimension here is the nostalgia which is felt by many people in these cities for the lost world of industrial work—a nostalgia which is underwritten by the opening up of heritage museums, selling sepia-tinted memorabilia and other important monuments to this lost world. 10 12 PAST AND CONTEMPORARY CONTEXTS LOCAL ALLEGIANCE AND POPULATION LOSS IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND One of the most sociologically interesting topics to have been suggested in the course of this investigation is that of the differential levels of affection and attachment produced by different cities and locales.
Lash and Urry’s account of these developments—rather like Tony Giddens’s analysis of what he calls ‘reflexivity’ in conditions of high modernity (Giddens 1991)—is very heavily focused on the impact of global economic transformations on individuals, in respect of both individual forms of consciousness and individual behaviour. There is a particular interest, in this body of sociological theory, in the ways in which individuals have recently been dislodged from their familiar or ‘traditional’ patterns of behaviour (their ‘routines’), and also their beliefs and certainties about the world, by the need to adapt to the rapid changes taking place in their economic life or their social and cultural environment.
The role of these media in constructing a particular sense of local identity, especially in a sprawling conurbation like Greater Manchester, is clearly important in the ‘globalising’ 1990s. What is being constructed is a very specific, local journalistic sense of’the locality’ that also cuts into a kind of commercial mental map of each locality, through which local advertisers reinforce a sense of their particular location in the neighbourhood and the local ‘market’. This is a form of ‘local knowledge’ that we cannot ignore, either in understanding popular attachment to place, or in understanding how people build up a mental map of the ‘symbolic locations’ of crime in their own locality (cf.
A Tale of Two Cities: Global Change, Local Feeling and Everyday Life in Manchester and Sheffield by Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor