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Mobile nostalgias: connecting visions of the urban past, present and future amongst ex-residents
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2013 (English)In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, ISSN 0020-2754, E-ISSN 1475-5661, Vol. 38, no 3, 391-402 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on interviews with ex-residents of Tyneside (United Kingdom), this paper builds on recent reappraisals of nostalgia as a productive' and living' disposition, to show how fond memories and a sense of loss shape and sustain engagement with the city. In contrast to recent attempts to identify active nostalgia only with its reflective' forms, or to separate out official' and non-official' nostalgia, the paper demonstrates that nostalgias are mobile and interwoven. It is shown that restorative' and reflective' forms can co-exist and state-led practices of conservation be maintained in a complex and mutually sustaining relationship with more personal, less official, visions of the value of the past. Thus it is argued that urban nostalgia for the city needs to be acknowledged as a potentially critical intervention that draws together different modes of attachment and yearning.

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2013. Vol. 38, no 3, 391-402 p.
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nostalgia, Tyneside (United Kingdom), ex-residents, memory, conservation, urban planning
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-136891DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00531.xISI: 000320181400003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84878966364OAI: diva2:679205

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