Who belongs to Glasgow?
Who belongs to Glasgow?

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Who belongs to Glasgow?

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1.1 Why Glasgow?

Glasgow fulfilled our aims and was also an interesting case study having, arguably, been the most successful among British cities in developing/manufacturing a new identity in the ‘post-industrial’ era. Glasgow illustrates:

  • (a) power relations, reflected in:

    • constructed images – ‘Glasgow's miles better’ was a deliberate campaign to improve the image of Glasgow.

    • contested images – ‘City of Culture’ – but whose culture?

    • multiple identities – ‘Clydebuilt’, ‘Red Clydeside’, ‘Shock City’, ‘Glasgow's Alive’ are all images of Glasgow.

    • whose interests these dominant images represent and whose are ignored.

  • (b) local-global relations – phrases like ‘second city of Empire’ and ‘a great European city’ reflect how Glasgow's (local) uniqueness has been constructed out of wider (global) interdependence.

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Figure 1 Glasgow
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