Angela Loxham is an ESRC 1+3 funded research student in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. email@example.com.
The Uses and Abuses of Public Space: Urban Governance, Social Ordering and Resistance, Avenham Park, Preston, c. 1850–1901†
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Historical Sociology
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 552–575, December 2013
How to Cite
Loxham, A. (2013), The Uses and Abuses of Public Space: Urban Governance, Social Ordering and Resistance, Avenham Park, Preston, c. 1850–1901. Journal of Historical Sociology, 26: 552–575. doi: 10.1111/johs.12018
This article was originally written as an undergraduate dissertation at Lancaster University for which it won the Andrew Pearson Prize by the Committee of the Senate. It also won the undergraduate dissertation prize awarded by the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. I would like to thank Dr. Deborah Sutton for her guidance during this project, and Dr. Angus Winchester and Dr. Michael Winstanley for offering final comments.
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
This article contributes to scholarship on liberal governance during the nineteenth century through the much-neglected area of the public park. Using Preston as a case study, it seeks to answer why parks were considered necessary, but also to argue for the need to understand micro-level issues that determined their precise formation and governance. In line with this, attention is paid to how space was orchestrated to encourage self-regulation, and the elite appropriation of this space to bolster the fragile social order that industrialisation had engendered in the town. Finally attention is paid to the outcome of this, and the ways in which people could enjoy the park, without internalising the intended norms.