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(Anglo)phoning home from Berlin: a response to Alan Latham

Cochrane, Allan (2006). (Anglo)phoning home from Berlin: a response to Alan Latham. European Urban and Regional Studies, 13(4) pp. 371–376.

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Alan Latham criticizes recent Anglophone writing on Berlin for reflecting a consensus position, which explains urban development with the help of a template defined by globalizing neo-liberalism. In some respects the points he makes are helpful. Berlin has been actively repositioned and re-imagined through an ambivalent process of 'normalization', which cannot be reduced to the rolling out of some global norm. However, there is a danger in this approach that Berlin is presented as somehow immune from the pressures of neo-liberalism and as providing the template of an alternative (European social-democratic) model.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0969-7764
Keywords: Berlin; careful urban renewal; neo-liberalism; shrinking cities; social democracy; alternative futures; counter cultures
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 7196
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:58
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