Post-industrial memoryscapes

Combatting working-class erasure in North America and Europe

Authored by: Lachlan MacKinnon

The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815386308
eBook ISBN: 9780815354260
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780815354260-21

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Abstract

The intersectional relationships between landscape, place identity, historical memory, and individual histories have informed much scholarship in recent decades. These concepts are layered; spaces are composed of more than physical landscapes or boundaries that can be visualised or represented on a map. They are, in essence, ‘relationally constructed’ (Massey 2005: 9). This is as true of small, personalised spaces as it is of streetscapes, neighbourhoods, or large cities – and memory is foundational in maintaining these conceptual constructions. Our place-memories correspond with sets of relationships, each of which give meaning to the landscapes with which we are most familiar.

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