A tale of two cities: global change, local feeling and by Ian R. Taylor, Karen Evans, Penny Fraser

By Ian R. Taylor, Karen Evans, Penny Fraser

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 standard lifestyles, making contributions to our realizing of the defining actions of lifestyles.

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In this more classical sociological project, we did not want to assume that matters of local cultural understanding could be settled purely within theory, as both Harvey and Sayer seem to RECOGNISING LOCAL DIFFERENCE 15 argue. No matter how united they might be around certain cultural selfconceptions and practices, these two cities must also be understood as social structures riven by inequalities of class, gender, age and race, in which the capacity of local (and other) actors to resolve unevenness of economic fortunes or social experience—or to make sense of the unprecedented contemporary character of change in these cities—was in some important sense an open ‘empirical’ issue, which sociological observers ignore at their peril.

To recognise the powers of buildings and physical infrastructure (for example, to elevate the mind and imagination or depress the will) is not to deny that the interaction between buildings and local culture is a matter of ‘active’ and changing social relationships (as Doreen Massey has so powerfullyinsisted) (Massey 1994:144), in which buildings can be RECOGNISING LOCAL DIFFERENCE 23 transformed both in form and function, but it is to recognise that there may be some unevenness of potential: a chemical works in Teesside is less useful and more restricting a legacy in our post-industrial, post-modern times than Central Station in Manchester (now reconstructed and renamed G-Mex: the Greater Manchester Exhibition and Concert Centre) or a riverside Warehouse in London’s East End.

The three elements of ‘capital’—money, productive capital and commodities—circulate with ever-increasing speed and energy through an increasingly international set of spaces. In the meantime, the rapid development of electronic communications networks threatens to transcend ‘traditional’ or modernist ways of thinking about the relationship of cities to production and consumption. The guarantees which, it was once thought, a strong, specialised local labour market provided for a single city or conurbation (graft and craft, for example) no longer have the same influence or effect.

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