This book explores the concept of ‘home’ in Liverpool over phases of ‘regeneration’ following the Second World War. Using qualitative research in the oral history tradition, it explores what the author conceptualises as ‘forward-facing’ regeneration in the period up to the 1980s, and neoliberal regeneration interventions that ‘prioritise the past’ from the 1980s to the present. The author examines how the shift towards city centre-focused redevelopment and ‘event-led’ initiatives has implications for the way residents make sense of their conceptualisations of ‘home’, and demonstrates how the shift in regeneration focus, discourse, and practice, away from Liverpool’s neighbourhood districts and towards the city centre, has produced changes in the ways that residents identify with neighbourhoods and the city centre, with prominence being given to the latter. Employing Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and field as mechanisms for understanding different senses of home and shifts from localised views to globalised views, this book will appeal to those with interests in urban sociology, regeneration, geography, sociology, home cultures, and cities.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Regeneration and The Making of Home in Liverpool
2. The Meaning(s) of Home
3. Introducing Liverpool and The Liverpool Home
4. 1950s and 1960s Regeneration: Obliterating Obsolescence and Building a Liverpool for the Future
5. Back in Time for the Future: ‘Backward Facing’ Regeneration in Liverpool from 1980
6. The Liverpool Home in the ‘Forward Facing’ Era
7. The Liverpool Home in the ‘Backward Facing’ Era
8. Pierre Bourdieu, Habitus and the ‘New’ Liverpool Home
Appendix: Pen Portraits
Clare Kinsella is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Edge Hill University, UK. Her research interests include cities and urban regeneration, home and homelessness, space and place, policing, fear of crime, and gender, sexuality, and crime.