Brings together the work of some of the younger generation of historical geographers in Britain to consider 19th-century urbanization as a process, emphasizing the dimensions of class and community.
Urbanising Britain brings together the work of some leading British historical geographers of the younger generation to consider nineteenth-century urbanization as a process, emphasizing the dimensions of class and community. The essays in this collection reflect the use of social science concepts within the field of historical geography, and are organized to follow urbanization from its origins in migration, to its consequences in urban culture and public health. The contributions combine conceptual sophistication with original empirical research to present a series of important and innovative statements about the changing nature of the Victorian city, and reflect the value of a critical theoretical perspective, hitherto absent from much work in this area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: class, community and the
processes of urbanisation Gerry Kearns and
Charles W. J. Withers
1. Biology, class and the urban penalty Gerry
2. Public space and local communities: the
example of Birmingham, 1840-1880 Bill Bramwell
3. Class, culture and migrant identity: Gaelic
Highlanders in urban Scotland Charles W. J.
4. The country and the city: sexuality and
social class in Victorian Scotland J. A. D.
5. Mobility, the artisan community and popular
politics in early nineteenth-century England