Demolition for development : a critical analysis of official urban imaginaries in past and present UK cities
Mah, Alice. (2012) Demolition for development : a critical analysis of official urban imaginaries in past and present UK cities. Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol.25 (No.1). pp. 151-176. ISSN 0952-1909Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2011.01406.x
This article analyses official urban imaginaries of “demolition for development” in two different UK cities and time periods: 1) the City Improvement Scheme in Birmingham (1875–1914) during a time of rapid industrial growth, and 2) a housing-led neighbourhood regeneration scheme in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne (2000–2011) during a time of post-industrial uncertainty. The concept of the “official urban imaginary” is employed to critically examine assumptions of growth, progress and success within “demolition for development” policies across different times and places. Drawing on both historical and sociological qualitative case study methods, this research contributes to a range of debates on urban regeneration, gentrification, creative destruction, comparative methodology, and imagining the city. The article argues that there is a serious need to rethink urban policy trajectories of property-led regeneration and “planned gentrification”, particularly in the post-2008 context of recession.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Historical Sociology|
|Page Range:||pp. 151-176|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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