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By Ian R. Taylor, Karen Evans, Penny Fraser

A story of 2 towns is a learn of 2 significant towns, Manchester and Sheffield. Drawing at the paintings of significant theorists, the authors discover the typical existence, making contributions to our figuring out of the defining actions of existence.

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The overall source of this ‘de-traditionalisation’ is the move towards global markets: the local imperative in Britain and in other older industrial societies is the collapse of the local mass manufacturing industry and the communities associated with it. At every level in such social formations, individuals are left to adapt to the void in what was their working world, their identity, their community and their social life, but in particular local contexts. There is no doubt that the world Lash and Urry describe (and which Giddens assumes as the background for his thinking about high modernity) represents the ‘cutting edge’ in the current phase of capitalist development and transformation (Castells 1989).

Nevertheless, when the two cities are compared in popular conversation, the following comparisons are very often made. One fairly frequent topic, especially for Sheffielders, is the different size of the two conurbations (the population of the Greater Manchester conurbation, according to the 1991 Census, was 2,455,093, whilst the population of the City of Sheffield was only 525,800). 27 Local commonsense talk, however, often goes beyond the fact of size, in its references to the ‘feel’ of the two cities, or Northern cities in general, to discussion of cities as being more or less crowded or spacious.

For many others in the region, particularly the young, Manchester’s metropolitan status in the North-west is underlined by the presence in the city of some five commercial radio stations broadcasting 24 hours a day. Sheffielders, in the meantime, having lost their daily morning paper— the Sheffield Telegraph (closed by the United Newspapers Group in February 1986) (Vickers 1992:207)—have an evening newspaper, the Star, a weekly Sheffield Telegraph (which began life in 1989) and two local radio stations.

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