The Global Street: Reflections on Visual Culture, Urban History and the Right to the City.

Activity: Supervision


This thesis introduces the notion of the “global street”. It explores how it might be defined, how it has developed historically and how it has been represented visually through different media. Employing a radically local approach, it places its methodological and conceptual emphasis on particular streets, on “knowable communities,” whilst simultaneously placing them in their global and economic context, offering possibilities for new understandings of the interrelated processes of globalisation and urban development more generally. It does so by building on a cultural materialist research strategy, by drawing on world-systems theory and a longue durée conception of history, by critically engaging with a rich literature on globalisation and, finally, by emphasising urgent questions of urban social justice. The thesis begins with an introduction and literature review, through which the project's main conceptual foundations are established, followed by an in-depth discussion of its methodological approach. Following this is a theoretical discussion of the global street and how it might be defined. The visual history of the global street, tracing their visual representation across time and space, is subsequently considered. Finally, the thesis examines three case studies which offer empirical examples of the global street. The thesis concludes by discussing the possible implications of this research for claiming a “right to the city”.
Period2 Nov 201711 Oct 2023
Degree of RecognitionPhD