First published in 1989, this book examines seven different localities, ranging from the outer suburbs of large northern cities to small freestanding town, which were prospering in the 1980s or struggling against the negative employment effects of restructuring. Within the theoretical frame of ‘industrial restructuring’, it traces the development of each locality, exploring in depth the influence of several key elements — deindustrialisation, technological change, the shift to the services in employment — on social composition, political change and local policy. A major contribution to locality studies, this book is essential reading for students of urban and regional studies, and sociology.
1 Locality, economic restructuring and world development Philip Cooke 2 Living in the fast lane: economic and social change in Swindon Keith Bassett, Martin Boddy, Michael Harloe & John Lovering 3 Cheltenham: affluence amid recession Harry Cowen, Ian Livingstone, Andy McNab, Steve Harrison, Laurie Howes & Brian Jerrard 4 Restructuring Lancaster Paul Bagguley, Jane Mark-Lawson, Dan Shapiro, John Urry, Sylvia Walby & Alan Wade 5 The Isle of Thanet: restructuring and municipal conservatism Nick Buck, Ian Gordon, Chris Pickvance & Peter Taylor-Goody 6 Paradise postponed: the growth and decline of Merseyside’s outer estates Richard Meegan 7 ‘Not getting on, just getting by’: changing prospects in south Birmingham Dennis Smith ‘It’s all falling apart here’: coming to terms with the future in Teeside Huw Beynon, Ray Hudson, Jim Lewis, David Sadler & Alan Townsend The local question — revival or survival? Philip Cooke Index