Locating marginality in the city: the extramural neighbourhoods of fifteenth-century London

Berry, C (2019) 'Locating marginality in the city: the extramural neighbourhoods of fifteenth-century London.' In: Clark, P and Menjot, D, eds. Subaltern city?: alternative and peripheral urban spaces in the pre-modern period (13th-18th centuries). Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 113-136. ISBN 9782503583310

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1484/M.SEUH-EB.5.117454

Abstract

This essay explores the complexities of defining ‘marginal’ space in fifteenth-century London, analysing the socio-economic context in which senses of marginal space were created. This essay assesses whether the periphery of fifteenthcentury London can be considered a marginal space. It draws on the definitions of subaltern space developed by Ananya Roy and utilises quantitative, qualitative and social network analysis of wills. The urban development, socio-economic structure and social relations of three extramural neighbourhoods are explored. London’s extramural neighbourhoods displayed distinctive ‘marginal’ qualities, such as lower levels of citizenship, cheaper housing and the presence of groups leading precarious lives. Marginality is shown to be a more complex quality of urban space than simple identification with the poor, instead concerning the relationship between a peripheral neighbour, the central city and the wider region. Aspects of subaltern space, such as the ‘zone of exception’, can be found in the form of religious precincts exempt from civic regulation. However, extramural society was highly mixed and its spatial boundaries blurred by social praxis.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1484/M.SEUH-EB.5.117454
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 18:42
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 18:42
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/13645
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