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Posts Tagged ‘The Glasgow Effect’

Telling Glasgow’s Stories and the Culture of Miserablism

Gerry Hassan

The Scotsman, February 15th 2011

Glasgow is a city rich with stories, myths and folklore. It has gone from being ‘the second city of Empire’ to branding itself as ‘the second city of shopping’ – statements which show the continuation of Glasgow swagger, ambition and belief – for all its undoubted problems.

Glasgow has throughout this experienced constant change and adaptation, of coming to terms with decline and proclaiming renewal. Often this has involved a simple backstory of counterposing a caricature of ‘old Glasgow’, of traditional industries and an omnipotent council, with the ‘new Glasgow’ – of shopping, style and tourism.

This rather simple story points to part of the problem we increasingly have with Glasgow beyond the economic and social problems. Namely, how these realities are represented, communicated and understood. Arguably, this has become part of the problem and is getting in the way of what we do about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. more >
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