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London’s Urban Landscape is the first major study of a global city to adopt a materialist perspective and stress the significance of place and the built environment to the urban landscape. Edited by Christopher Tilley, the volume is inspired by phenomenological thinking and presents fine-grained ethnographies of the practices of everyday life in London. In doing so, it charts a unique perspective on the city that integrates ethnographies of daily life with an analysis of material culture. The first part of the volume considers the residential sphere of urban life, discussing in detailed case studies ordinary residential streets, housing estates, suburbia and London’s mobile ‘linear village’ of houseboats. The second part analyses the public sphere, including ethnographies of markets, a park, the social rhythms of a taxi rank, and graffiti and street art. London’s Urban Landscape returns us to the everyday lives of people and the manner in which they understand their lives. The deeply sensuous character of the embodied experience of the city is invoked in the thick descriptions of entangled relationships between people and places, and the paths of movement between them. What stories do door bells and house facades tell us about contemporary life in a Victorian terrace? How do antiques acquire value and significance in a market? How does living in a concrete megastructure relate to the lives of the people who dwell there? These and a host of other questions are addressed in this fascinating book that will appeal widely to all readers interested in London or contemporary urban life.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Title
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. Notes on Contributors
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction: Materialising the Urban Landscape
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  1. Part I: The Domestic and Residential Sphere
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  1. 1 Change and Continuity in a Central London Street
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  1. 2 Towards a Phenomenology of the Concrete Megastructure: Space and Perception at the Brunswick Centre, London
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  1. 3 Isolation: A Walk through a London Estate
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  1. 4 The Making of a Suburb
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  1. 5 The Linear Village: Experience of Continuous Cruising on the London Waterways
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  1. Part II: The Public Sphere
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  1. 6 ‘We’re All Mad Down Here.’ Liminality and the Carnivalesque in Smithfield Meat Market
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  1. 7 Observation and Selection: Objects and Meaning in the Bermondsey Antiques Market
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  1. 8 Rank and File on Harrington Road. Rhythmanalysis: Stories of Place and the Place of Stories
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  1. 9 Holland Park: An Elite London Landscape
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  1. 10 From Pollution to Purity: The Transformation of Graffiti and Street Art in London (2005–17)
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787355583
Related ISBN
9781787355590
MARC Record
OCLC
1101122474
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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