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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.

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

Young people in migrant worker families in Ireland
Naomi Tyrrell

with a Polish young man who she met on the internet and he has now moved to Ireland to live with her family. She thinks that out-migrating from Ireland would be difficult because of the friendships she has made and as ‘it is another part of my life’. One aspect of stability that all of the migrant young people discussed was their national identity. They often felt that their lives were in a state of flux, precarious because of their mobile situations, and it was their sense of belonging to a national collective that enabled them to maintain and develop their sense

in Spacing Ireland
Landscape, mobility and politics after the crash
Denis Linehan

Carrickmines, south County Dublin, and most intensively at Tara in County Meath, motorway development met stiff opposition. In fact, it seemed that every new kilometre of motorway ruptured an older sense of place and challenged the generally accepted understanding of national identity. Gathered around the motorway, a dynamic social movement made up of preservationist and all manner of historical, nationalist, New Age 76 Landscape, mobility and politics after the crash and ecological groups combined to criticise the costs that the new motorway would have for the environment

in Spacing Ireland
The invisibility of border-related trauma narratives in the Finnish–Russian borderlands
Tuulikki Kurki

of the border, individuals who were unsure about their ideological or national identities, allegiances or ideas of belonging, or were hesitant about their identities, appeared as dangerous or dubious in the context of the national order. During the past decades, the role of national discourses as signifiers of identities and borders have diminished due to the strengthening of global migrant flows, the revaluation of the grand national narratives. These changes have increased the visibility of various groups living in the various borderlands. As

in Border images, border narratives
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Renegotiating the Irish border
Sara McDowell

concerning the melting of borders, the loss of national identity and the end of the nation-state. Yet, the idea of an interconnected world without borders has been questioned. O’Dowd and McCall (2007: 128), for example, argue for a more subtle appraisal of the erosion of boundaries suggesting that they are not disappearing rather they are being ‘reconfigured in other ways’ through a simultaneous process of ‘de-bordering and new forms of demarcation’. They believe that border creation and negotiation is ‘increasingly arbitrary’. Paasi (1995: 42) suggests that boundaries may

in Spacing Ireland
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Geographies of the post-boom era
Denis Linehan and Caroline Crowley

). As difficult and painful as the material consequences of the recession are, the shock of collapse has also thrown up a kind of social trauma. It has created a void in the national narrative: the question of national identity (along with the qualities and meaning of the State) lies in contention. In the resulting vacuum, anxious attempts to fashion a new national narrative in the post-crash era characterise contemporary debates. The collective memory of the crash, together with distrust of the political system and intense scepticism about the powerful role of

in Spacing Ireland
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Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson
Eóin Flannery

both material and metaphorical, substantive and symbolic – read, spoken, mapped, catalogued and written in the everyday intimate and official bureaucratic geographies of road signs, streetnames and addresses – are all about questions of power, culture, location and identity’.32 Given their potential for powerful symbolic use and their centrality to questions of communal, ethnic and national identities, it is understandable that ‘modern Western states throughout the nineteenth century consolidated their authority and eased their governance through archives and

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

. Characteristically, minority territories and cultural presence extend across the boundary throughout the region although strong national identities are also expressed at the border. Cross-border extent of ethnic minority territories is evident, particularly among Dai (Tai), Hmong (Miao, Zhuang), Shan and Kachin (Lisu). Ethnic group names may differ across the border but most aspects of culture extend across the boundary. Even the Han Chinese majority in Yunnan is represented as a cross-border ethnic presence in Myanmar's Kokang ‘autonomous territory’ (Hu and Konrad, 2018 ). Our

in Border images, border narratives
Seen and unseen migrants
Stephen F. Wolfe

Lena Mohamed writes in her essay ‘The stateless artist’ that, from the 1940s to the early 1960s, Britain was contending with the remnants of a once dominant empire, and found the need to reinforce a national identity through focusing on the significance of place, particularly London. During this period many people both from abroad and from other parts of Britain ‘were drawn to London as the centre of the world’ ( 2012 : 78). References

in Border images, border narratives