9780415893787

Living in the City: Urban Institutions in the Low Countries, 12002010

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415893787

  • ISBN10:

    041589378X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-12-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

A number of aspects of the historical relationship between cities, civics, and the role of institutions can be traced as far back as ancient Athens. Throughout the centuries, growth in urban populations and increases in immigration have been tied to perceived economic opportunity, political stability, geographical attractiveness, cultural activity, and institutional attractiveness, such as rights of citizenship.Within the broader context of the Low Countries, this volume devotes attention to the institutional arrangements of cities, examining the extent to which institutional design influenced the settlement and integration of immigrants, as well as the desire of 'natives' to remain. The concept of 'institution' is broadly defined ' focusing not only on the political leadership of cities but also on social, cultural, and economic institutions that influenced the lives of residents. Essays in this volume explore the relationship of various populaces with churches, militias and guilds, neighbourhood associations, political parties, and other aspects of civil society. Such a systematic survey of the dimensions of the institutional perspective provides an analysis of the pulling-power of cities in citizens, as well as the process of settlement and integration, offering a structured comparison between cities over diverse periods and insight into why people arrive, stay, and leave.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Cities, Institutions and Migration in the Low Countriesp. 1
Urbanisation in the European Middle Ages: Phases of Openness and Occlusionp. 16
The Desired Stranger: Attraction and Expulsion in the Medieval Cityp. 32
The Dutch 'City Republics': Guilds, Militias and Civic Politicsp. 46
'City Air Sets You Free': Autonomy and Rivalry in the Early Modern Northern Netherlandsp. 63
Employment, Education and Social Assistance: The Economic Attraction of Early Modern Citiesp. 84
The Literary Image of the City: From the Middle Ages until the End of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 103
The Hague, City of Wealth: Urban Governance and Culture in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 129
The Modern City: Migration, Social Control and Planning, 1850-Presentp. 147
The City and the Art of Earning: Cultural Industries in the Twentieth-Century Netherlandsp. 168
Why Cities Prosper as Deltas: The Urbanisation of the Eurodeltap. 192
Why People Want to Live in the City: Looking Backp. 216
Bibliographyp. 227
Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 255
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