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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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Berlin‘s Public Space in the 1910s and 1920s
Brigitte Flickinger

In the early years of the cinema and into the 1910s and 1920s, it was less the film than cinema-going itself that attracted urban publics. In this era, people were enthusiastic about technology and the achievements of modernity; while at the same time they felt anxious about the rapid and radical changes in their social and economic life. In Germany, this contradictory experience was especially harsh and perceptible in the urban metropolis of Berlin. The article demonstrates how within city life, Berlin cinemas – offering the excitement of innovation as well as optimal distraction and entertainment – provided an urban space where, by cinema-going, appeal and uncertainty could be positively reconciled.

Film Studies
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Everyday life practices after the event
Author: Mona Abaza

In Cairo collages, the large-scale political, economic, and social changes in Egypt brought on by the 2011 revolution are set against the declining fortunes of a single apartment building in a specific Cairo neighbourhood. The violence in Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmud Street; the post-January euphoric moment; the increasing militarisation of urban life; the flourishing of dystopian novels set in Cairo; the neo-liberal imaginaries of Dubai and Singapore as global models; gentrification and evictions in poor neighbourhoods; the forthcoming new administrative capital for Egypt – all are narrated in parallel to the ‘little’ story of the adventures and misfortunes of everyday interactions in a middle-class building in the neighbourhood of Doqi.

Carole Rawcliffe

Many current assumptions about health provision in medieval English cities derive not from the surviving archival or archaeological evidence but from the pronouncements of Victorian sanitary reformers whose belief in scientific progress made them dismissive of earlier attempts to ameliorate the quality of urban life. Our own tendency to judge historical responses to disease by the exacting standards of modern biomedicine reflects the same anachronistic attitude, while a widespread conviction that England lagged centuries behind Italy in matters of health and hygiene seems to reinforce presumptions of ‘backwardness’ and ‘ignorance’. By contrast, this paper argues that a systematic exploration of primary source material reveals a very different approach to collective health, marked by direct intervention on the part of the crown and central government and the active involvement of urban communities, especially after the Black Death of 1348-49. A plethora of regulations for the elimination of recognized hazards was then accompanied by major schemes for environmental improvement, such as the introduction of piped water systems and arrangements for refuse collection.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Trevor Dean

Florentine society. 5 This means that, for most of Italy, for most of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, there is little available in modern English translation. This volume is intended to fill that gap, by providing a more inclusive and balanced coverage of Italian urban life in the period. There are of course difficulties with such volumes, at both practical and theoretical levels. Roberto

in The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages
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Highland migrants in the Scottish city
T. M. Devine

city, but there is little reason to believe that Highland migrants were peculiarly vulnerable to them. However, the material experience of Highlanders in urban Scotland is only one part of the story. Another important question is the extent to which they attempted to perpetuate any sense of communal and ethnic identity in the new context. The Gaels possessed a distinctive language and culture and it is an intriguing problem how far these were maintained or diluted by the urban experience. Traditionally, sociologists and historians have often seen urban life as an

in Clanship to crofters’ war
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Juliana Adelman

and death, where pigs could be reared only in large piggeries, where dairy cows and private slaughtermen were being consolidated or pushed to the periphery and where horses were (slowly) being replaced by machines. This book has shown that human responses to different types of urban animals played an important role in shaping modern urban life including laws, policing, geography, transportation and culture. The stories of entangled human and animal lives in the city show that there was no inevitable progress towards a city devoid of all domestic animals aside from

in Civilised by beasts
Women and trespass litigation
Teresa Phipps

the more ‘ordinary’ misbehaviour that was a constant feature of town life. As Patricia Turning has argued for medieval southern France, the records of crime and misbehaviour, though constructed by men and often appearing to be dominated by men’s transgressions, offer clues about women’s day-to-day concerns and experiences of urban life, as well as the strategies they employed to fight ‘for power and placement within the social hierarchy’. 4 Women’s involvement in the offences that were categorised as trespass, their legal

in Medieval women and urban justice
Chris Abel

wider effects of technical memes, in keeping with the principles of combinativity and interaction described in this book, while still accommodating their separate identities. The rest of the chapter takes a close look at some of the more significant coevolutionary assemblages of technical memes in history that changed the shape of human transportation and urban life, from the simple spoked wheel to the automobile and freeway, transforming the spatial reach of the extended self in the process and creating the kinds of homes, cities and other places people commonly live

in The extended self
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Leif Jerram

city life possesses, and its material standard of living – was a subject of immense general interest across the West before and after 1900. Yet it concerned none more than those whose job it was to ensure that this quality, in these two senses, was as high as possible. The governors and administrators of any city had an interest in every aspect of urban life, from the economy to the emotional well-being of the citizens. This book focuses on the ways in which German urban élites tried to mould German cities in the first thirty or so years of the twentieth century

in Germany’s other modernity