UConn URBN 2000 - September 10 Slides (39 pages)

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Urbn 2000 - Introduction to Urban Studies
Introduction to Urban Studies Documents

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Engels Manchester 1844 Engels Fieldwork in Manchester Engels shows how bourgeois affluence and proletarian poverty came to co exist in the new industrial city arising from the social and economic relations of the industrial revolution He came to Manchester from Germany as a 24 year old apprentice at his father s firm but increasingly spent his time getting involved with political groups and exploring the city by foot often with his Irish girlfriend and guide Mary Burns He visited parts of the city that no one of his class would normally visit It s unlikely that anyone among the groups he spoke of would have the time or literacy to write such an account Engels Fieldwork in Manchester continued Rather than devoting his time to typical bourgeois activities he devoted his time to visiting working class people and observing their everyday lives he was part researcher part journalist part revolutionary In addition to his own personal observations his acquaintance with the city he also relied on data from public health reports parliamentary commissions and factory inspectors reports knowledge of the city His main and most important observations were not on the nature of capitalism itself but on how the separation of the rich and the poor had built class exploitation into the spatial form of the city Engels Fieldwork in Manchester continued The cities and slums that had co produced one another to Engels exemplified the central contradictions of capitalist industrialization and urbanization Engels called the separation of the classes as well as the willful blindness of the wealthy toward the plight of working class people the city s hypocritical plan While there was no formal urban planning at the time he gave evidence that this was anything but an accidental arrangement Slums as a Worldwide Phenomenon of the Industrial City New York at the Turn of the Century Jacob Riis 1890 How the Other Half Lives Slum Clearance in Manchester 1930s 1970s New Housing for the Working



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