Sport, Leisure and Culture in the Postmodern City

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Routledge, Apr 1, 2016 - Science - 232 pages
The widespread concept of the 'postmodern city' is frequently linked to the decline of traditional manufacturing industries and a corresponding wane of white working-class culture. In place of these appear flexible working practices, a diversified workforce, and a greater emphasis on consumption, leisure, and tourism. Illustrated by an interdisciplinary study of Leeds, a typical postmodern city, this volume examines how such cities have reinvented themselves - commercially, politically and spatially - over the past two decades. The work addresses issues like cultural policy, city-centre development, sport, leisure and identity, and explores different urban processes in relation to changing configuration of class, gender and ethnicity in the postmodern city.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Leeds Becoming the Postmodern City
9
The Centre of Leeds 19802008
33
4 Mission or Pragmatism? Cultural Policy in Leeds Since 2000
63
Made in Leeds
83
In Six Scenes
99
Leeds Leeds United and the Ghost of Don Revie
129
8 Dreams of Parkside and Barley Mow
153
Unveiling Myths and Exploring the Identities of BritishMuslim Female Footballers
171
10 Barcelona of the North? Reflections on Postmodern Leeds
189
Index
211
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Dr Peter Bramham is Reader in Leisure Studies and Professor Stephen Wagg is Reader in Sport and Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

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