Dichotomies and Dualities: exploring the landscape impacts of the Great Depression through an archaeological lens

Author(s): Kayt Armstrong

Year: 2018

Summary

This paper will present the early results from the landscape strand of a multidisciplinary research project examining the landscape impacts of the Great Depression (1929-39). The goal of this project is to archaeologically investigate the impacts of and responses to the Great Depression in  Northeast England, and to analyse these responses as interventions in the built environment, exploring their landscape impact. Early results indicate tensions between changes in wider culture (the coming of the car, consumerism and drives towards slum clearance) and the specific realities of living and working in a region with long-term economic problems, exacerbated by the Slump. This paper will also look at the methodological challenges presented by working in such a short time window that was immediately followed by WWII, which had far-reaching consequences on the landscape. Other themes include authoritarian responses to the body, capitalism, labour movements and the nature of state-led vs. private interventions.

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Dichotomies and Dualities: exploring the landscape impacts of the Great Depression through an archaeological lens. Kayt Armstrong. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441826)

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Keywords

General
Depression industrial UK

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 676