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Narrating the City: Histories, Space and the Everyday

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Volume 15

Space and Place

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Narrating the City

Histories, Space and the Everyday

Edited by Wladimir Fischer-Nebmaier, Matthew P. Berg, and Anastasia Christou

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266 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-775-6 25% OFF! $130.00/£92.00 $97.50/£69.00 Hb Published (September 2015)

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“This is an extremely solid and well-informed collection that brings together pertinent and timely case studies that all shed light on the interconnections between the everyday and urban narratives. The scope is expansive and interdisciplinary, and the framework is explained well and in detail.”  ·  Markus Reisenleitner, York University


In recent decades, the insight that narration shapes our perception of reality has inspired and influenced the most innovative historical accounts. Focusing on new research, this volume explores the history of non-elite populations in cities from Caracas to Vienna, and Paris to Belgrade. Narration is central to the theme of each contribution, whether as a means of description, a methodological approach, or basic story telling. This book brings together research that both asks classical socio-historical questions and takes narration seriously, engaging with novels, films, local history accounts, petitions to municipal authorities, and interviews with alternative cinema activists.

Wladimir Fischer-Nebmaier, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Matthew P. Berg is Professor of History at John Carroll University.

Anastasia Christou is Associate Professor of Sociology and member of the Social Policy Research Centre and FemGenSex research network at Middlesex University.

Subject: Urban Studies General History Sociology


List of Figures

Introduction: Space, Narration, and the Everyday
Wladimir Fischer-Nebmaier


Chapter 1. The Case of Ossification: Contemporary Narratives about Everyday Life in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Lviv
Andriy Zayarnyuk

Chapter 2. The Masa’s Odysseys through Bourgeois Caracas: The Testimony of Novels, 1920s-1970s
Arturo Almandoz

Chapter 3. Re-imagining Nieuwland: Narrative Mapping and the Mental Geography of Urban Space in a Dutch Multi-Ethnic Neighborhood
Leeke Reinders


Chapter 4. City and Cinema as Spaces for (trans-national) Grassroots Mobilization: Perspectives from Southeastern and Central Europe
Anna Schober

Chapter 5. Adjudicating Lodging: Denazification, Housing Requisition, and Identity in “Red Vienna,” 1945-1948
Matthew P. Berg


Chapter 6. Urban Information Flows: Workers’ and Employers’ Knowledge of the Asbestos Hazard in Clydeside, ca. 1950-1970s
Ronnie Johnston and Arthur McIvor

Chapter 7. Creating a Familiar Space: Childcare, Kinship, and Community in Post-Socialist New Zagreb
Tihana Rubić and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

Notes on Contributors

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