London Underground: A Cultural Geography by David Ashford

By David Ashford

In London Underground: A Cultural Geography, David Ashford units out to chart one of many strangest, in addition to the main frequent, areas in London. This booklet presents a theoretical account of the evolution of an archetypal glossy surroundings. the 1st to accomplish that gradual means of estrangement from the usual topography initiated via the economic Revolution, the London Underground is proven to be what French anthropologist Marc Augé has termed non-lieu - a non-place, like toll road, grocery store or airport front room, forced to interpret its courting to the invisible panorama it traverses in the course of the medium of symptoms and maps. Surveying an strangely big variety of fabric, starting from the Victorian triple-decker novel, to Modernist artwork and structure, to Pop song and graffiti, this cultural geography means that the tube-network is a transitional shape, linking the alienated areas of Victorian England to the digital areas of our modern consumer-capitalism. Recounting the background of the construction of this new area, and of the struggles it has generated, London Underground is not anything below the tale of ways humans have tried to make a house within the psychopathological areas of the trendy world.

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