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Brian Baker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069048

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.001.0001

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Driven to the margins

Driven to the margins

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(p.138) 6 Driven to the margins
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Iain Sinclair
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Brian Baker

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.003.0007

This chapter assesses the impact of the Millennium Dome, a structure that is believed to have been a part of an ideological project to negotiate the seeming fracture of a unified British ‘identity’. It introduces the ‘spectator of modernity’, which is the flâneur, who is able to take in the city as a totality, and a formulation that joins together with the subjectivity questioned by the modern nation-state. It then looks at Sinclair's move from the centre to the margins and his interest in studying the repressed, forgotten and suppressed. Finally, it shows how London is marked with histories of oppression and histories of resistance.

Keywords:   Millennium Dome, British identity, spectator of modernity, flâneur, margins, histories of oppression, histories of resistance

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