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Charles Husband, Yunis Alam, Jorg Huettermann, and Joanna Fomina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315643

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315643.001.0001

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Walking Manningham: streetscapes, soundscapes and the semiotics of the physical environment

Walking Manningham: streetscapes, soundscapes and the semiotics of the physical environment

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(p.37) Chapter Three Walking Manningham: streetscapes, soundscapes and the semiotics of the physical environment
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Lived diversities
Author(s):

Charles Husband

Yunis Alam

Jörg Hüttermann

Joanna Fomina

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315643.003.0003

Chapter Three builds upon this descriptive account of Manningham by providing a more detailed discussion of its current streetscape. Drawing upon tens of hours of observation walking the streets of Manningham, this chapter employs contemporary theorisations of the streetscape in order to develop an understanding of the significance of the physical environment of the area for the residents’ identification with it. Merging description with the introduction of appropriate theory, this chapter challenges some of the stereotypical expectations of life in Bradford that might be derived from an uncritical acceptance of some of the dominant stereotypes of the area. Such a mismatch between reputation and reality is by no means unique to Manningham, and its recurrence constitutes a significant element in the political problematic of understanding the substantive challenges and opportunities that inner city areas might present to local and national government This chapter builds upon the previous chapter’s sense of the flux of peoples through the area by again underlying the balance between change and continuity as it is reflected in the physical fabric of Manningham.

Keywords:   streetscape, symbolic landscape, geographies of belonging, toponymy, contested space, soundscape, hybrid identities

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