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Port Towns and Urban Cultures

International Histories of the Waterfront, c.1700—2000

Editors: Beaven, Brad, Bell, Karl, James, Robert (Eds.)

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Despite the port’s prominence in maritime history, its cultural significance has long been neglected in favour of its role within economic and imperial networks. Defined by their intersection of maritime and urban space, port towns were sites of complex cultural exchanges. This book, the product of international scholarship, offers innovative and challenging perspectives on the cultural histories of ports, ranging from eighteenth-century Africa to twentieth-century Australasia and Europe. The essays in this important collection explore two key themes; the nature and character of ‘sailortown’ culture and port-town life, and the representations of port towns that were forged both within and beyond urban-maritime communities. The book’s exploration of port town identities and cultures, and its use of a rich array of methodological approaches and cultural artefacts, will make it of great interest to both urban and maritime historians. It also represents a major contribution to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of coastal studies.

About the authors

Brad Beaven is Reader in Social and Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has written widely on British popular culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of two monographs, Leisure, Citizenship and Working Class Men, 1850-1945 and Visions of Empire. Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1870-1939.

Karl Bell is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His research explores the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two monographs, The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914 and The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures.

Robert James is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He researches British society’s leisure habits in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and is author of Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain 1930-39: a round of cheap diversions? and co-editor of Hollywood and the World.

Reviews

“In Port Towns and Urban Cultures the editors’ aim, through the exploration of a series of ports from around the globe, is to advance the reader's understanding of how each port was a crucible for the forging of distinctive urban and maritime identities. … This book most certainly contributes to urban-maritime history. Moreover, it is a good read.” (Jacob Bart Hak, The Northern Mariner, Le marin du nord, XXVI (4), October, 2016)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Beaven, Brad (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Strangers Ashore: Sailor Identity and Social Conflict in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Cape Town

    Worden, Nigel

    Pages 13-28

  • ‘Hail, Tyneside Lads in Collier Fleets’: Song Culture, Sailing and Sailors in North-East England

    Gilchrist, Paul

    Pages 29-48

  • ‘They Are Without Christ and Without Hope’: ‘Heathenism’, Popular Religion, and Supernatural Belief in Portsmouth’s Maritime Community, c.1851–1901

    Bell, Karl

    Pages 49-67

  • Hey Sailor, Looking for Trouble? Violence, Drunkenness and Disorder in a Swedish Port Town: Gothenburg 1920

    Nilson, Tomas

    Pages 69-89

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Hardcover $95.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Port Towns and Urban Cultures
Book Subtitle
International Histories of the Waterfront, c.1700—2000
Editors
  • Brad Beaven
  • Karl Bell
  • Robert James
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48316-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48316-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48315-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 289
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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