Towards a more emotional geography of civic pride: a view from an English city



Collins T (2019) Towards a more emotional geography of civic pride: a view from an English city. Social & Cultural Geography, 20 (3), pp. 287-406.

This article argues that civic pride has been relatively under-explored in geography and deserves greater attention as an emotional and political value associated with place. Through a case study of Nottingham, England, I examine how local civic actors perceive and express civic pride and the values it encompasses, using a discourse analysis of interviews, policy material and local media. I illustrate how civic pride is connected with everyday feelings of identity, community and what people value and aspire to in a given place, and demonstrate how we might think critically about civic pride’s connections to and relevance beyond local government. The analysis illustrates how, in the context of recent developments across British cities, civic actors and institutions engage with and value the city in different ways and that a diverse set of discourses and practices can emerge from a shared concern to protect civic identity and autonomy. Bringing together emotional and urban geographies literature, this paper challenges geographers to think carefully about how place-based values like civic pride can shape and reproduce often well-meaning but problematic discourses and practices within cities, but also how the underlying meanings and values associated with pride can surface in resistive and progressive ways.

Civic pride; Nottingham; emotional geography; community

Social & Cultural Geography: Volume 20, Issue 3

FundersEconomic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online11/08/2017
Date accepted by journal13/07/2018
PublisherInforma UK Limited

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Dr Tom Collins

Dr Tom Collins

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