London Calling: The Middle Classes and the Re-making of Inner London / Edition 1

London Calling: The Middle Classes and the Re-making of Inner London / Edition 1

by Garry Robson, Tim Butler
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859736238

ISBN-13: 9781859736234

Pub. Date: 04/17/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Symbolizing both commerce and culture, London has always been a magnet for the ambitions of the middle classes. However, the past three decades have witnessed a dramatic fragmentation in inner-city London's social map. New and highly distinctive middle-class neighbourhoods have sprung up where embattled workers seek to combat the deleterious effects of long working

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Symbolizing both commerce and culture, London has always been a magnet for the ambitions of the middle classes. However, the past three decades have witnessed a dramatic fragmentation in inner-city London's social map. New and highly distinctive middle-class neighbourhoods have sprung up where embattled workers seek to combat the deleterious effects of long working hours, travel, and stress on traditional family values.

This book is the first to explore the powerful impact of globalization on London's economy and those who are caught up in it. More and more people are responding to the negative effects of working life as well as the lack of structure in their lives and particularly those of their children. The gentrification of certain areas and the differences among them directly reflects this desire to impose cultural values and structure on urban surroundings. How do these areas reflect middle-class values, ideologies, lifestyles, social backgrounds and occupational choices, and how have old neighbourhoods been refashioned and made amenable to middle-class life? In what ways has family life been affected by this new emphasis on values, structure and security, and what does the future hold?

This fascinating book provides the first sustained analysis of the profound effects of globalization on city dwellers. Its original account of the relationship between urban space and cultural reproduction will inspire new research for years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859736234
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/17/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Marking Out the Middle Classes in London7
2Gentrification of the Global City: a Middle-class Coping Strategy?23
3Spatial Difference and Strategic Middle-class Activity33
4Mapping the Neighbourhoods49
5A Class In and For Itself?79
6Home and Household109
7Children, Schooling and Social Reproduction139
8Twenty-first Century Gentrification161
9Conclusions185
Bibliography195
Index205

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