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Thomas Annan of Glasgow : Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph

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ISBN: 9782821876156 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Performing Arts
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In the wake of Glasgow's transformation in the nineteenth-century into an industrial powerhouse–the “Second City of the Empire”–a substantial part of the old town of Adam Smith degenerated into an overcrowded and disease-ridden slum. The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, Thomas Annan's photographic record of this central section of the city prior to its demolition in accordance with the City of Glasgow Improvements Act of 1866, is widely recognized as a classic of nineteenth-century documentary photography. Annan's achievement as a photographer of paintings, portraits and landscapes is less widely known. Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph offers a handy, comprehensive and copiously illustrated overview of the full range of the photographer's work. The book opens with a brief account of the immediate context of Annan's career as a photographer: the astonishing florescence of photography in Victorian Scotland. Successive chapters deal with each of the main fields of his activity, touching along the way on issues such as the nineteenth-century debate over the status of photography–a mechanical practice or an artistic one?–and the still ongoing controversies surrounding the documentary photograph in particular. While the text itself is intended for the general reader, extensive endnotes amplify particular themes and offer guidance to readers interested in pursuing them further.

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Spaces of the Poor

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Book Series: Mainzer Historische Kulturwissenschaften ISBN: 9783837624731 9783839424735 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_627789 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100531
Subject: Sociology
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What do we know about the urban impoverished areas of the world and the living environment of its inhabitants? How did the urban poor cope with their surroundings? How did they interpret and adopt urban space in order to fight against their position at the periphery of society? This volume takes up these questions and investigates how far approaches of cultural sciences can contribute to overcome the 'exoticization of the ghetto' (Loïc Wacquant) and instead to look at the heterogeneity and individuality behind the facades. It opens new perspectives for the research of poverty and inequalities that do not stop at collective categories.

Alltagskulturen in den Slums von Nairobi -- Eine geographiedidaktische Studie zum kritisch-reflexiven Umgang mit Raumbildern

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Book Series: Sozial- und Kulturgeographie ISBN: 9783839447741 9783837647747 Year: Pages: 356 DOI: 10.14361/9783839447741 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Geography
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Mittels der Methode »reflexive Fotografie« stellt Andreas Eberth Alltagskulturen von Jugendlichen dar, die in den Slums von Nairobi geboren wurden, dort aufgewachsen sind und noch immer dort leben. Darauf basierend entwickelt er ein Konzept für den Geographieunterricht, das durch die Schulung einer kritisch-reflexiven Bildkompetenz dazu beiträgt, die Perspektiven auf das Leben im kenianischen Slum zu differenzieren. Mit diesem exemplarischen Raumbeispiel werden Ansätze aufgezeigt, wie es gelingen kann, im Schulunterricht ein differenzierteres »Afrika«-Bild zu vermitteln und Vorurteile abzubauen.

Housing Market Dynamics in Africa

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ISBN: 9781349951208 9781137597922 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59792-2 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Grant: African Development Bank
Subject: Economics
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This open access book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors investigate the political economy surrounding the continent’s housing market and the constraints that behind-the-scenes policy makers need to address in their attempts to provide affordable housing for the majority in need. With Africa’s urban population growing rapidly, this study highlights how broad demographic shifts and rapid urbanization are placing enormous pressure on the limited infrastructure in many cities and stretching the economic and social fabric of municipalities to their breaking point. But beyond providing a snapshot of the present conditions of the African housing market, the book offers recommendations and actionable measures for policy makers and other stakeholders on how best to provide affordable housing and alleviate Africa’s housing deficit. This work will be of particular interest to practitioners, non-governmental organizations, private sector actors, students and researchers of economic policy, international development, and urban development.

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