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Cities, Infrastructure and the Making of Modern Citizenship: The View from North-West Europe Since c.1870
journal contributionposted on 2022-04-26, 15:09 authored by Simon Gunn, Richard Butler, Greet De Block, Mikkel Hoghoj, Mikkel Thelle
Taking its cue from the ‘material turn’ of recent years, this article examines the connections between infrastructure, welfare and citizenship in north European cities in the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It argues that connections between these different constructs were fundamental not only to how cities functioned but how citizens themselves were imagined. As such, the article critiques histories of welfare and citizenship that foreground the national and neglect the urban origins of the modern state. It does so by examining infrastructure, welfare and citizenship in smaller European nation-states such as Belgium, Denmark and Ireland rather than in the more familiar cases of Germany, France and Britain. Asking questions about the inter-relationship of infrastructure, welfare and citizenship, the article suggests, offers an important way to re-interpret what the ‘modern city’ meant in twentieth-century northern Europe.
CitationUrban History, 2022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926821000882
Author affiliationCentre for Urban History, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester
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