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City of Quarters Urban Villages in the Contemporary City

By Mark Jayne, David Bell Copyright 2004
    304 Pages
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    In cities throughout the world, there is an increasingly ubiquitous presence of distinct social and spatial areas - urban villages, cultural and ethnic quarters. These spaces are sites where capital and culture intertwine in new ways. City of Quarters brings together some of the most prominent authors writing about urban villages to provide the first systematic and multi-disciplinary overview of this high-profile urban phenomenon. They address key questions such as 'What is the role of urban villages and quarters in the contemporary city?' and 'What are the economic, political, socio-spatial and cultural practices and processes that surround these urban spaces?' Blending conceptual chapters with theoretically directed case studies from all over the world, this book includes issues such as local and regional development strategies, production, consumption, the creative industries, popular culture, identity, lifestyle, and tourism.

    Contents: Conceptualizing the City of Quarters, David Bell and Mark Jayne. Part I: Urban Regeneration: Pyrmont-Ultimo: the newest chic quarter of Sydney, Gordon Waitt; Drawn and quartered: El Raval and the Haussmannization of Barcelona, Malcolm Miles; Fables of the reconstruction (of the fables ...): Lower Manhattan after 9/11, James DeFilippis. Part II: Production and Consumption: Cultural industry quarters - from pre-industrial to post-industrial production, Graeme Evans; Supporting the cultural quarter? The role of the creative intermediary, Tom Fleming; Popular music, urban regeneration and cultural quarters: the case of the rope walks, Liverpool, Abigail Gilmore; Quarterizing the city: the spatial politics of the Joyce industry in Dublin, Stephanie Rains. Part III: Identities, Lifestyles and Forms of Sociability: Nottingham's de facto cultural quarter: the lace market, independents and a convivial ecology, Jim Shorthose; Quartering sexualities: gay villages and sexual citizenship, Jon Binnie; Finding Chinatown: ethnocentrism and urban planning, Wun Chan. Part IV: Rethinking Neighbourhoods/Rethinking Quarters: Rethinking neighbourhoods: from urban villages to cultural hubs, Chris Murray; Red lights and safety zones, Maggie O'Neill, Rosie Campbell, Anne James, Mark Webster, Kate Green, Jay Patel, Nasreen Akhtar and Waheed Saleem; Re-discovering Coketown, Phil Denning; The culture of neighbourhoods: a European perspective, Franco Bianchini and Lia Ghilardi; Afterword: thinking in quarters, David Bell and Mark Jayne; Bibliography; Index.


    Professor David Bell is Head of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies, Staffordshire University, UK and Dr Mark Jayne, Lecturer, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK

    ’An excellent and timely collection of essays. Mark Jayne and David Bell's collection contains work by leading scholars in a number of fields who reflect on urban forms of growing significance...A key text for anybody interested in the emergence of distinctive social and cultural spaces within cities.’ Dr Tim Hall, University of Gloucestershire, UK ’This book is the first attempt to gather together some systematic reflections on the idea of cultural quarters, and as such it is extremely timely. The book should be essential reading for students, academics and policy makers interested in the different ways in which cultural quarters are transforming the contemporary city.’ Dr Justin O’Connor, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK ’The chapters provide fascinating case study material for the larger concerns of the book as a whole...Bell and Jayne have put together a fine anthology of essays. It is an important contribution to urban studies.’ European Journal of Communication