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A Tale of Two Cities: Global Change, Local Feeling and by Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor

By Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor

A story of 2 towns is a examine of 2 significant towns, Manchester and Sheffield. Drawing at the paintings of significant theorists, the authors discover the typical existence, making contributions to our realizing of the defining actions of lifestyles.

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In Britain, Rochdale is far from being post-industrial and servicedominated. (Lash and Urry 1994:212) A considerable amount of research was undertaken in Britain during the 1980s on the essentially uneven fate and experience of different localities with respect to ‘de-industrialisation’ and the shift to ‘postFordist arrangements of production’. It is probably fair to say that the logic of enquiry in these studies, deriving from a realist political economy tradition, rather than from the perspective of a cultural sociology of place, has not so far generated an account of this unevenness in terms of what we are calling a ‘local structure of feeling’.

There is some—highly mediated—sense of provision and action in local shopping malls, cinemas and sports. Indeed, in another sense, ‘locality’ intrudes even into prime-time television ‘entertainment’ programming and comedies on national networks—the troubled condition of the ‘rust-belt’ Northern states being one of several powerful themes, played for humour but in deadly earnest, on Roseanne. The relationship between national and local television (terrestrial and satellite), local newspapers and radio would be a separate research project from that which we conducted in Manchester and Sheffield.

He has also pointed to the continuing importance of dialect, accent, local superstitions and folk tales, and notorious local personalities in conferring a sense of local identity (Joyce 1991). There is no doubt that the advance of ‘mass media’ and global economic competition has undermined the processes through which a strong and immediate sense of local identification is adopted by individuals, but it would be a very sweeping generalisation that denied the continuing desire for such a local identity (for example, in local history groups, amongst fans of football clubs or amongst various different kinds of craft group and other hobbyists.

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