Remembering ‘The Forgotten Gorbals’

Andrew Blaikie

in The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748617869
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653515 | DOI:
Remembering ‘The Forgotten Gorbals’

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This chapter deconstructs the categorization of geographical contrast and seeks to evaluate the multiple perspectives that alternative accounts of social life engender. It emphasizes that ‘community’, as ever, provides the key. It marks the geographical contrast by shifting the locus to the mythology of the slum which is not, however, complemented by as marked a difference in vision as one might expect, for like the islanders of St Kilda the tenement dwellers of the Gorbals have been mythologized as fascinatingly ‘other’.

Keywords: community; mythology; slum; St Kilda; Gorbals

Chapter.  10975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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