Reinventing the City?: Liverpool in Comparative Perspective

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Liverpool University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 260 pages
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"The City" has always been a strong focal point for critical social enquiry given its undisputed centrality for human life in the modern era. More recently, there has been a surge of interest in the postmodern city, the most popular subject being Los Angeles and the "global city" – the New Yorks, Londons and Tokyos of the world – cities linked together through flows of finance. This book seeks to redress the balance using Liverpool, a city neither recognized as "global" or "postmodern", as its focus. Although Liverpool is the central theme of the book, it gives an informed comparative overview of the city in a worldwide context. The introductory chapter sets the scene for the various contributions by re-examining the postmodern global city thesis, surveying various attempts at regenerating cities like Liverpool and critically examining attempts and prospects for transforming the city. The following chapters examine in detail the cultural, social, and economic legacy of the city. Particular emphasis is placed on the people of Liverpool young and old, and how they envisage the city developing.
 

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Contents

The City Globalisation and Social Transformation
1
A Critical Perspective
23
From World City to Pariah City? Liverpool and the Global Economy
36
The Liverpool
53
Power Participation in Governance
80
Gendered Perspectives
111
Ethnic Minority Perspectives
122
Youth Perspectives
144
EldersPerspectives
160
Poverty and Social Exclusion
177
Images of the City
191
Rhetoric or Reality?
211
Futures for Liverpool
227
Index
247
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Ronaldo Munck is head of civic engagement at Dublin City University and visiting professor in Development Studies at St Mary's University, Canada. He is the founding chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.  

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