Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Tales of the City

Tales of the City
A Study of Narrative and Urban Life

$57.00 (P)

  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521626231

$ 57.00 (P)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback


Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • How do we picture urban life and formulate our experience of it? Tales of the City brings together the academics' abstract tales with the vivid stories about a particular city, Milton Keynes, and the often moving self narrations of its residents. It explores the role of story-telling processes for the creative constructing of experience, with particular attention to personal narrations. The story that is now emerging, told by many individual actor narrators, is of the city as a natural setting for human life, in stark contrast to the pessimistic anti-urban tales of many academic narrators. Drawing on narrative studies, cultural and linguistic anthropology and social theory, Professor Finnegan skillfully examines the narrative conventions and cultural implications of our multiple tales of the city, and relates them to profound mythic themes about urban life, community, and to the creative role of the active, reflecting individual.

    • Narrative analysis is catching on in the social sciences, and this is an excellent example of its application, covering many familiar issues but also inventing new territories
    • Combines insights from recent work in narrative studies and urban theory to analyse a great range of stories about the city
    • High profile author in the field of anthropology, linguistics and folklore, and book will sell on her name
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Tales of the City is a rich source of migrant's testimonies for oral, social and urban historians of town life in late twentieth century Britain." Mark Clapson, H-Net Reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521626231
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.487kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Opening:
    1. Story: 'the orders by which we live our lives'
    Part II Stories of Cities and of a City:
    2. Abstract tales: the narrative in urban theory
    3. Storying the concrete city: cows, gardens and other urban tales
    Part III. Storied Lives and Urban Experience:
    4. Stories and lives: the lates of individual urban dwellers
    5. 'That's my story': narrative conventions in personal tales
    6. Personal narratives and urban images
    Part IV. Ending:
    7. Whose stories of the city?

  • Author

    Ruth Finnegan, The Open University, Milton Keynes

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×