After the Shock City

After the Shock City

Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenship

Tom Hulme

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Royal Historical Society

Overview

Overview

A comparative and trans-national study of urban culture in Britain and the United States from the late nineteenth to the twentieth century
Using the industrial cities of Manchester and Chicago as case studies, the book traces the idea of "citizenship" across different areas of local life - from philosophy and festivals to historical re-enactment and public housing. Coalitions of voluntary associations, municipal government and local elites lambasted modern urban culture as the cause of social disintegration. But rather than simply decanting the population to new and smaller settlements they tried to re-imagine a reformed city as a place that could foster loyal and healthy communities. Celebrating civic progress in the period since the "shock city" of the nineteenth century, they sought to create a sense of local pride that could bracket growing class and racial tensions. The diverse individuals, groups and communities of the city reacted in different ways to this message. Some jumped on board, happy to gather under the identity of one civic banner. Others, held back by discriminatory structures of society, chose to shape their own idea of citizenship - one that looked far beyond the city for a sense of belonging and rights.

Details

May 2019
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
ISBN: 9780861933495
Format: Hardback
Royal Historical Society
BIC HBLW, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JJ
BISAC HIS037070
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