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Mundane hauntings: commuting through the phantasmagoric working-class spaces of Manchester, England

Mundane hauntings: commuting through the phantasmagoric working-class spaces of Manchester, England This paper explores the haunted realms of everyday mundane space. Based on theauthor's journey to work by car, a series of sites that evoke an absent-presence ofworking-class life are depicted. It is argued that these spaces, including housingestates, old railways, patches of derelict ground and old cinemas, are replete withghostly effects. Drawing upon the examples provided, the article goes on to examinein more detail these hauntings, focusing upon the sensual, half-recognizable andimaginary qualities that are provoked by absences, vestiges and peculiarrecontextualizations. It is contended that such sites are particularly hauntedbecause unlike the more dynamic spaces of regenerated urban space, the past lingersin people, spaces, textures and things and is not so rapidly disposed. The paperconcludes by investigating the ambiguities produced by the ghostly absent-presenceof the working class, both in lived space and in academic discourse, and evaluatesthe advantages of spectral indeterminacy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Mundane hauntings: commuting through the phantasmagoric working-class spaces of Manchester, England

Cultural Geographies , Volume 15 (3): 21 – Jul 1, 2008

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SAGE
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1474-4740
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1477-0881
DOI
10.1177/1474474008091330
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Abstract

This paper explores the haunted realms of everyday mundane space. Based on theauthor's journey to work by car, a series of sites that evoke an absent-presence ofworking-class life are depicted. It is argued that these spaces, including housingestates, old railways, patches of derelict ground and old cinemas, are replete withghostly effects. Drawing upon the examples provided, the article goes on to examinein more detail these hauntings, focusing upon the sensual, half-recognizable andimaginary qualities that are provoked by absences, vestiges and peculiarrecontextualizations. It is contended that such sites are particularly hauntedbecause unlike the more dynamic spaces of regenerated urban space, the past lingersin people, spaces, textures and things and is not so rapidly disposed. The paperconcludes by investigating the ambiguities produced by the ghostly absent-presenceof the working class, both in lived space and in academic discourse, and evaluatesthe advantages of spectral indeterminacy.

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Cultural GeographiesSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2008

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