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The North Laine: A Visual Essay


  • Chris Yuill



The North Laine in Brighton provides a useful case study in exploring different ways of experiencing and imagining urban life. The area possess many distinctive street forms and supports counter-cultural lifestyles, which emphasise environmentalism and alternative forms of capitalism, such as cooperative and collective organisation of the workplace. Drawing on the ideas and theories of Henri Lefebvre the essay focuses on (1) the various social and historical process that have conditioned and influenced the development of the area and (2) the various social power relations that have both sustained the area, allowing it to develop into its current format, and in turn question its future. A visual methodological approach is used to present the data and to convey the distinctive aesthetic of The North Laine.

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  • Chris Yuill, 2012. "The North Laine: A Visual Essay," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 17(1), pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:2011-162-2

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