OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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OpenLearn Scotland

8.5 Who belongs to Glasgow?

There are many different ways of interpreting and representing the character and identity of a place – many different geographical imaginations. Identities of places are a product of social action and of how people construct their own representations of particular places. Thus this course explores ideas about place and identity using the concept of ‘geographical imagination’.

This is achieved by examining the images that represent a place, to reveal how those images came about and describe two sets of relationships which are important in understanding the character of a place: power relations and local-global relations.

The video presented in this course was made in Glasgow in 1993. it is not about Glasgow as such: it is about Glasgow's image. Glasgow, however, fulfils the aims of this course by being the most successful among British cities in developing/manufacturing a new identity in the ‘post-industrial’ era.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • understand how images about place and identity can be explored using different ‘geographical imaginations’;

  • describe how identities of places are a product of social action and of how people construct their own representations of particular places.



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