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The Metropolitan Rhythm of Street Life: A Socio-spatial Analysis of Synagogues and Churches in Nineteenth-century Whitechapel

Vaughan, L; Sailer, K; (2017) The Metropolitan Rhythm of Street Life: A Socio-spatial Analysis of Synagogues and Churches in Nineteenth-century Whitechapel. In: Holmes, C and Kershen, AJ, (eds.) An East End Legacy: Essays in Memory of William J. Fishman. (pp. 188-210). Routledge: Abingdon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The German sociologist Georg Simmel wrote in 1903 how the city functions as an alienating environment that is strikingly different from the village or the town: in the city the individual has to adjust to the “metropolitan rhythm of events.” Simmel’s proposition that the nature of the urban setting means that every street crossing creates an intensified tempo “of economic, occupational and social life” is examined here to see the way in which East London functioned – as it has done so now over several centuries – to provide a specifically urban setting for incoming religious minorities to settle and form a community. This chapter focuses on Whitechapel in the year 1899, around a decade later than Charles Booth’s first poverty survey and in the year in which the update to his great map of poverty was drawn up.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Metropolitan Rhythm of Street Life: A Socio-spatial Analysis of Synagogues and Churches in Nineteenth-century Whitechapel
ISBN-13: 9781315648484
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315648484
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315648484
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1519784
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