Tenement Nation: Working-Class Cosmopolitanism in Edinburgh (Framing the Global) (Hardcover)

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Tenement Nation: Working-Class Cosmopolitanism in Edinburgh (Framing the Global) (Hardcover)


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Around the world, blue-collar politics have become associated with resistance to the multicultural. While this may also be true in Edinburgh, Scotland, a closer look reveals the growth of liberal democratic ideals in the working-class population, which has a much different goal: How can this European city keep the entrepreneurial forces of globalization from commodifying what is distinctly theirs?

In Tenement Nation, Christa Ballard Tooley explores the battle for a neighborhood called the Canongate in Edinburgh's Old Town. Tooley's insightful study of the working-class Canongate community as they negotiate gentrification plans offers a complex view of class and nation. The threat of the Canongate's redevelopment motivated many throughout Edinburgh to lend their support to the residents' campaign. Against such development projects, alliances formed between upper-class heritage supporters and working-class urban residents, all of whom turned to institutions such as the European Union and UNESCO for support in restricting commercial development.

Tenement Nation explores these negotiations between socioeconomic classes and even nationalities to show what Tooley calls a "working-class cosmopolitanism" in pursuit of social, economic, and political inclusion.

Christa Ballard Tooley is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Academic Director of the Belmont Innovation Labs at Belmont University.
Product Details ISBN: 9780253065995
ISBN-10: 0253065992
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Framing the Global