TITLE

SHEFFIELD THEN AND NOW: MYTHS OF PLACE IN LOCAL HISTORY PICTURE BOOKS

AUTHOR(S)
Cox, Andrew; Spencer, Steve
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Environment, Space, Place;Spring2012, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One signifi cant way in which place is represented is through books based on old photographs and postcards. Recontextualised in such books, historical photos can be used to create mesmeric myths about a locality. Th is paper explores the genre through four works about areas in Sheffi eld, a city in the north of England. Th e book for the well to do suburb, Crosspool, constructs a quaint rural past. Two representations of a working class district are perhaps a little more successful in recovering a personally signifi cant past. Th e history of a local steel fi rm avoids issues of social confl ict and exploitation by adopting a documentary tone. Th e genre trades on the active interest of seeing familiar scenes as they were in the past, but fails to develop interpretative strategies, such as asking about the context of photos' original creation or refl ecting on how they have been reused.
ACCESSION #
82373795

 

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