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Tracing the Politics of Urbanism and Abjection: Space and Identity in Trainspotting

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Given the fundamental role cities play in the experience of modernity and postmodernity, this article studies the interaction existing between urban space and the individuals who inhabit it in the context of Irvine Welsh’s novel, Trainspotting. A multidisciplinary approach combining theories on the city and queer theory explores the subject/space dialectics by which each of them intervenes in the construction of the other. The analysis of this process centres around three main issues – urbanism, abjection and movement – and their underlying ideology.
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Keywords: Scotland; Thatcher; abject; city; identity; ideology; space; urbanism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Publication date: 01 June 2016

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  • Cities have been increasingly at the forefront of debate in both humanities and social-science disciplines, but there has been relatively little dialogue across these disciplinary boundaries. Journals in social-science fields that use urban-studies methods to look at life in cities rarely explore the cultural aspects of urban life in any depth or delve into close readings of the representation of cities in individual cultural products. As a platform for interdisciplinary scholarship from any and all linguistic, cultural and geographical traditions, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies prioritizes the urban phenomenon in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities.
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