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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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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.

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Jonathan Silver

Moshe Friedman, a major figure in Central Eastern European Jewry. By the time the Second World War broke out, many of the 6,000 Jews in the town faced an uncertain future. The leader, Rabbi Nochum, managed to flee before the German army arrived, but many of the dynasty’s followers did not. From 1941, the Nazis had turned a part of the town into a ghetto and Jews were murdered in mass shootings or sent to labour camps. This genocide continued into August 1942, when the ghetto was surrounded and 300 Jews were shot on the streets in an orgy of murder. Another 3,000 were

in Manchester
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James Thorp

environmental health risks of former tips. No buyer has been found to date, so the brickworks void seems likely to remain in much the same form for years to come – another reprieve for the rewilding of the site. The most recent planning application describes the brickworks as ‘underutilised, derelict, vacant and overgrown’, understating its value as habitat and informal amenity space. But building on the site won’t improve Newton Heath’s fortunes – just those of the property speculators and armies of consultants currently dominating Manchester’s redevelopment. Far better that

in Manchester
Transnational reflections from Brazilians in London and Maré, Rio de Janeiro
Cathy McIlwaine, Miriam Krenzinger, Yara Evans, and Eliana Sousa Silva

). Sousa Silva , E. ( 2017 ). The Brazilian army’s occupation of Maré . Rio de Janeiro : Redes da Maré . Tankel , Y. ( 2011 ). Reframing ‘safe cities for women’: Feminist articulations in Recife . Development , 54 ( 3 ): 352–57 . UN-Habitat ( 2006 ). The State of the World’s Cities 2006/2007 . London : Earthscan . UN Women ( 2015 ). A framework to underpin action to prevent violence against women . New York : UN Women . Vacchelli , E. , Kathrecha , P. , and Gyte , N. ( 2015 ). Is it really just the cuts? Feminist Review , 109 : 180

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
The invisibility of border-related trauma narratives in the Finnish–Russian borderlands
Tuulikki Kurki

contexts during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The analysis of these works and their reception makes visible the varying narrative strategies that the authors used to address traumatic experiences and reveal the different significances of the trauma narratives in each context. The authors represent different groups who crossed the Finnish–Russian national border for various reasons: Finnish White army officers and businesspeople in the early twentieth century (Cederholm); Finnish working-class people and communists

in Border images, border narratives
A genealogical enquiry
Małgorzata Jakimów

. The first part of the reform was officially labelled ‘ hukou in exchange for talent and investments’ and it introduced new ways of acquiring an urban hukou . Before the reform, rural migrants could attain an urban hukou by serving in the army, climbing the Party career ladder, entering university or having their land repossessed, so that it had been reclassified as ‘urban’ (Solinger, 1999 : 16). Following the 2001–2003 reform, the most common way to acquire an urban hukou has become the purchase of a property ( goufang ruhu ), 3

in China’s citizenship challenge
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Renegotiating the Irish border
Sara McDowell

boundary (Howard, 2007). Protracted efforts were made by both the Irish and UK governments to fortify and demarcate the physical divide. The government in the Republic further disengaged from Northern Ireland in order to protect its people from what was perceived to be its destabilising relationship with the North (see Howard, 2007) and the British army constructed a series of checkpoints and watchtowers across the length and breadth of the border, making once easy passage fraught with difficulty. The possibility of fostering cross-border economic cooperation stood very

in Spacing Ireland
Trevor Barnes

work on a nuclear-war atlas that warned against the ultimate catastrophe, atomic Armageddon, the end of human life as we know it. Bill Bunge, spatial science and map transformations Bunge’s first exposure to formal geographical talk was in 1951. Conscripted for the Korean War, serving in the American Fifth Army, deployed at the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Wartime School at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, Bunge (1988 , xi) taught there what he later called ‘atomic war’. It was also while he was enlisted in the US military that he enrolled in his first class in

in The power of pragmatism
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith, and Stephen Hall

, like a boulder blocking a path, then freedom is simply the absence of that boulder. This approach to thinking about freedom is understandable. So many of the obvious sources of people’s suffering have involved the interference of armies, religious institutions, the nobility, state actors, and so on. For example, the freedom to practise religion was for centuries compromised by direct intervention by the Church or by state persecution. It makes sense to treat the presence of ‘negative freedoms’ as a crucial component of freedom. Yet there

in The spatial contract