Merseypride : essays in Liverpool exceptionalism (eBook, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
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Merseypride : essays in Liverpool exceptionalism

Author: John Belchem
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : English : Revised second editionView all editions and formats
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Once the second city of empire, now descended by seemingly irreversible economic and demographic decline into European Union Objective One status, Liverpool defies historical categorization. Located at the intersection of competing cultural, economic and geo-political formations, it stands outside the main narrative frameworks of modern British history, the exception to general norms. What was it that established  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Belchem, John, 1948
Merseypride
Liverpool : Liverpool Univ. Press, 2006
228 S.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Belchem
ISBN: 9781781387641 1781387648
OCLC Number: 1006754767
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Aug 2017).
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xxxvi, 228 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Responsibility: John Belchem.

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Once the second city of empire, now descended by seemingly irreversible economic and demographic decline into European Union Objective One status, Liverpool defies historical categorization. Located at the intersection of competing cultural, economic and geo-political formations, it stands outside the main narrative frameworks of modern British history, the exception to general norms. What was it that established Liverpool as different or apart? In exploring this proverbial exceptionalism, these essays by a leading scholar of the history of Liverpool and of the Irish show how a sense of apartness has always been crucial to Liverpool's identity. While repudiated by some as an external imposition, an unmerited stigma originating from the slave trade days or the Irish famine influx, Liverpool's 'otherness' has been upheld (and inflated) in self-referential myth, a 'Merseypride' that has shown considerable ingenuity in adjusting to the city's changing fortunes. The first stage towards an urban biography of Liverpool, these essays in cultural history reconstruct the city's past through changes in image, identity and representation. Among the topics considered are Liverpool's problematic projection of itself through history and heritage; the belated emergence of 'scouse', an accent 'exceedingly rare', as cultural badge and signifier; the origins and dominance of Toryism in popular political culture, the deepest and most enduring political 'deviance' among Victorian workers, at odds with present-day perceptions of Merseyside militancy; and an investigation of the crucial sites--the Irish pub and the Catholic parish--where the Liverpool-Irish identity was constructed, contested and continued, seemingly immune to the normal processes of ethnic fade. The final section offers comparative methodological and theoretical perspectives embracing North America, Australia and other European 'second cities'.

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