Streetlife, By Leif Jerram


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Jerram challenges the significance of ideology in this lively history of the 20th century through topics ranging from street protest to sex.

Assessing an 1890 strike of female workers in Bradford that seeded the Labour Party, he stresses the impact of a ban on indoor meetings. "It was this spatial issue that galvanised support."

Similarly, the 1968 événements emerged from the mud, isolation and excessive rules of the new Nanterre campus, while the creation of gay enclaves in European cities "has little to do with sexuality and more to do with… making money."