The first part of the volume considers the residential sphere of urban life, discussing in detailed case studies ordinary residential streets, housing estates, suburbia and London’s mobile ‘linear village’ of houseboats. The second part analyses the public sphere, including ethnographies of markets, a park, the social rhythms of a taxi rank, and graffiti and street art.
London’s Urban Landscape returns us to the everyday lives of people and the manner in which they understand their lives. The deeply sensuous character of the embodied experience of the city is invoked in the thick descriptions of entangled relationships between people and places, and the paths of movement between them. What stories do door bells and house facades tell us about contemporary life in a Victorian terrace? How do antiques acquire value and significance in a market? How does living in a concrete megastructure relate to the lives of the people who dwell there? These and a host of other questions are addressed in this fascinating book that will appeal widely to all readers interested in London or contemporary urban life.
Christopher Tilley is Professor of Anthropology at UCL. He has written and edited numerous books on archaeology, anthropology and material culture studies. His recent books include The Materiality of Stone (2004), Handbook of Material Culture (ed. 2006), Body and Image (2008), Interpreting Landscapes (2010) and An Anthropology of Landscape (2017).
Materializing the urban
I: THE DOMESTIC AND RESIDENTIAL SPHERE
1.Continuity and change in a central London Street
2. Towards a phenomenology of the concrete megastructure: space and perception at the Brunswick Centre, London
3. Isolation: A walk through a west London housing estate
4. The making of a suburb
5. The Linear Village: Experience of continuous cruising on the London waterways
PART II: THE PUBLIC SPHERE
6. “We’re all mad down here”: liminality and the carnivalesque in Smithfield meat market
7. Observation and Selection: objects and meaning in the Bermondsey Antiques Market
8. Rank and File on the Harrington Road: stories of place and the place of stories
9. Holland Park: An elite London Landscape
10. From pollution to purity: the transformation of graffiti and street art in London (2005-2017)
Format: Open Access PDF
129 colour illustrations Illustrations
129 colour illustrations
Publication: May 07, 2019