Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Review: Testimonies of the City. Identity, Community and Change in a Contemporary Urban World

Edited by Richard Rodger and Joanna Herbert. 2007. London: Ashgate. 296 pages. £55.00 (Hardback).

Review by Slavomíra Ferenčuhová, Masaryk University, Brno

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Testimonies of the City is a well-fitting title for this book bringing together studies from several cities in both Europe and America. Following on from a meeting at the Seventh International Conference on Urban History in Athens in 2004, the book debates a range of issues relevant to urban studies, individual contributors having backgrounds in sociology, history, ethnography, art and architecture history. They are united by a shared interest in oral accounts as sources of knowledge about life in cities. Insights into everyday life, memories and meanings associated with frequented spaces, and also penetrations into the backstage of decision-making about urban restructuring or public art installation, are principally obtained by collecting and interpreting oral testimonies. Indeed, presenting research in oral history and outlining its potentials for studying life in cities is one of the editors’ aims (p. 3).

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