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Environmental activism online
Author: Jenny Pickerill

The politics of cyberspace is of importance both for the future use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and within traditional political arenas, commerce and society itself. Within Britain there are many different political groups that have a presence online and utilise CMC, including for example members of the far right, human rights advocates, religious groups and environmental activists. This book examines the relationship between the strategies of environmental activist movements in Britain and their use of CMC. It explores how environmental activists negotiate the tensions and embrace the opportunities of CMC, and analyses the consequences of their actions for the forms and processes of environmental politics. It serves as a disjuncture from some broader critiques of the implications of CMC for society as a whole, concentrating on unpacking what CMC means for activists engaged in social change. Within this broad aim there are three specific objectives. It first evaluates how CMC provides opportunities for political expression and mobilization. Second, the book examines whether CMC use has different implications for established environmental lobbying organisations than it does for the non-hierarchical fluid networks of direct action groups. Third, it elucidates the influence of CMC on campaign strategies and consequently on business, government and regulatory responses to environmental activism.

The restructuring of work in Britain
Louise Amoore

3 Producing hyperflexibility: the restructuring of work in Britain Change is opening up new horizons; but there is fear of what may lie within them. Technology and global financial markets are transforming our economies, our workplaces, our industrial structure. Economic change is uprooting communities and families from established patterns of life. The way we live, as well as the way we work, our culture, our shared morality, everything, is under pressure from the intensity and pace of change … It can be exhilarating. But it is certainly unsettling

in Globalisation contested
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Jonathan Silver

was a partner in the cotton merchant firm, James Dilworth & Son, and the pivotal figure in establishing the museum’s collection.2 The history of such connections and 59 Manchester: Something rich and strange interest in Egypt can be traced back to moves by the Lancashire cotton industry to shift its supply from the American South to Egypt during the US Civil War. This led to the formation, in 1902, of the Manchester-based British Cotton Growing Association.3 It led to Egypt becoming intricately connected through trade to the city, spurring trips to explore the

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Seen and unseen migrants
Stephen F. Wolfe

deliberately fixing the narratives in a specific place and within an aesthetic of writing that ‘invests in the artistic processes of imagining, creating, and representing with the spatial idea of a threshold in its material and figurative manifestations’ (Mukherji, 2013 : xviii). The first section examines the border-crossing narrative as a cultural expression for a community of ‘black writers and artists’ centred in Britain, during the 1950s to the 1980s, by focusing on their border-crossings via passages aboard ship, or at entry points, as well as in private settings in

in Border images, border narratives
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Brian Rosa

Manchester: Something rich and strange Arches – Brian Rosa Railway arches are nothing specific to Manchester: they define the fringes of city centres throughout Britain and are such a commonplace element of the built environment that they often elude notice. However, there is a good argument to be made that Manchester, more than any other city, has been shaped definitively by the railway. With brick railway viaducts some of the largest and most dominating built structures of the city centre, the arched spaces beneath them have been inhabited since the railways

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An international political economy of work
Author: Louise Amoore

Bringing fresh insights to the contemporary globalization debate, this text reveals the social and political contests that give ‘global’ its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalization as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. The book rejects conventional explanations of globalization as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, and advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, it examines how globalization is interpreted and experienced in everyday life and argues that contestation has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring.

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Peter Kalu

on the road. 36  (Opposite) Gleam & Go hand car wash, Longsight 137 Manchester: Something rich and strange Notes 1 Andrew Ure, The Cotton Manufacture of Great Britain (London: Charles Knight, 1836), p. 1. 2 Illustrated London News, 6 December 1856, p. 571. 3 G. L. Hearn, ‘Planning application for former Jackson Brickworks site’. Planning Application 098689/OO/2012/N1. Manchester: Manchester City Council. 4 Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy (video: Josh Whitehead, 2018). Available at (accessed 17 June 2020). 5 Hearn

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Natalie Bradbury

park’s greenery, complementing the Whitworth’s light-filled extension. In Bending, by New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective, a statue steps down and bows to its plinth. Unfortunately, several of Manchester’s best sculptures, including work by some of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artists, have been hidden, lost, neglected or forgotten. Elisabeth Frink’s Flying Man at Manchester Airport celebrates Alcock and Brown’s unprecedented non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 78 Monuments 1919, combining a spindly human form with the sleekness of a flying

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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.