Tag Archives: henri lefebvre

Pragmatism not idealism

keeping in contact with old friends It was twenty years ago today, went one of the contenders for greatest album ever. It was twenty years ago today since I and my friend Nathan made the eager after-school trip to MVC … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Doreen Massey (1944-2016)

I came into academia via a fairly circuitous route. After a degree in sound engineering (which I left pretty sure I never wanted to enter a recording studio again; although it did introduce me to some unexpected concepts like dada which, oddly … Continue reading

Posted in Space | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Beauty is in the streets

  The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach. I never realised that, like party politics, academia has a conference season. At least, March appears to be … Continue reading

Posted in half baked theories, PhD, Theory | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Other immigrants of Carribee Island: Wolverhampton’s Jewish community 1

My PhD research focuses on a small section of Wolverhampton town centre in the nineteenth century that was well-known – perhaps notorious, even – for it’s substantial Irish immigrant population. “Carribee Island” and the “Stafford Street district” became by-words when … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Space, Wolverhampton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Slums” of the Black Country: Darlaston

I’ve ummed and aahed a bit about what to write about the Post‘s report on Darlaston. It’s really the same old story: surface drainage, evils, abomination, bubbling and seething, stagnant, over-flowing, the cholera, back courts, and so on; there’s not a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Black Country, half baked theories, History, Housing, Maps, Poverty, Public Health, Slum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Slums” of the Black Country: Eel Street, Oldbury

The Post’s next community is one I’m loathe to try and explain in detail. Oldbury was infamous as one of the most polluted towns in the country – so much so that Dr Janet Sullivan recently completed a top-notch PhD thesis on … Continue reading

Posted in Black Country, Canal, environment, Everyday Life, History, Housing, Maps, Public Health, Slum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“History breaks down into images not into stories”

On the night of 25th September 1940, a middle-aged German-Jewish academic took his own life with an overdose of morphine in the Hotel de Francia, Portbou, on the Spanish side of the Pyrennean border. He’d been hoping to flee to … Continue reading

Posted in Everyday Life, Housing, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Land of my fathers

I’ve been reading Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis lately. I’m no expert on continental philosophy or cultural theory really, so I’ve enjoyed this – it’s light and possible to read in an impressionistic sort of way, glossing over all the Bachelards and Nietzsches, the … Continue reading

Posted in half baked theories, Space, time | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

All the pieces matter

Disclaimer: I’m no expert on American history, not at all. I’m keen that any theory I want to study be portable though, so I’m attempting here to look at a TV series I’ve been re-visiting through a particular lens. No Black … Continue reading

Posted in environment, Housing, Space | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Empty space

Warning again: I’m going to be talking Black Country history a little further down, but I’ve been interested in what maps do and don’t show, so the preamble is a bit… vague and theoretical. Maps are complex beasts. They show what … Continue reading

Posted in Black Country, half baked theories, Maps, Space, Stourbridge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment