Driving Spaces: A Cultural-Historical Geography of England's M1 Motorway
Series Editors' Preface.
1 Introduction: Driving Spaces.
Driving, Space, Social Relations.
Driving, Landscape, Visuality.
Geographies of the Modern Road.
Contents of the Book.
2 Envisioning British Motorways.
Motoring and the Motor-Car Way, 1896-1930.
The German Autobahnen: The Politics and Aesthetics of a Nation's Roads.
Motorways for Britain? National Plans, National Defence.
Motorways, War and Reconstruction.
Motorways and the British Landscape.
3 Designing and Landscaping the M1.
Legislating and Campaigning: Towards a National Motorway Network.
Locating the M1: Regional Planning, Local Protests and the Authority of the Engineer.
Landscape Architecture and the Post-war, Modern Road.
'A New Look at the English Landscape': Landscape Architecture, Movement and the Aesthetics of a Modern Motorway.
Towards a Road Style: Service Areas in the Landscape.
'Cutting Holes in the Landscape': Britain's Motorway Signs.
4 Constructing the M1.
'Operation Motorway': Constructing the M1 Motorway.
Song of a Road: Folk Song, Working-Class Culture and the Labour of a Motorway.
5 Driving, Consuming and Governing the M1.
Motorway Driving, Embodiment, Competence.
'Motorway Madness': Driving, Governing, Expertise.
Motorway Modern: Consuming the M1.
Motorway Service Areas and the Motorist-Consumer.
Assessing the M1’s Performance: Cost-Benefi t Analysis, Scientifi c Experiments, Accidents.
6 Motorways and Driving since the 1960s.
The 'M1 Corridor'.
Motorways and 'the Environment'.
Dystopian and Marginal Landscapes?
Placing the M1 in the Late Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.
Appendix: Archival Sources.
"Merriman’s systematic, detailed and precisely documented description of the cultural context of the M1 will itself stand as a valuable documentary resource for researchers and students alike" (Area, December 2008)
"Thoroughly researched and full of rich … Driving Spaces presents the historical trajectory of the M1 Motorway through a series of cultural and political stages." (Journal of British Studies, October 2008)
“Merriman provides a fascinating perspective on the social and cultural aspects of driving and highways … in this multidisciplinary study. Includes … numerous references … .Recommended.” (Choice)
- Based on extensive and original archive work this book is a first-of-its-kind academic study examining the production and consumption of the landscapes and spaces of a British motorway
- An interdisciplinary approach, engaging with theoretical and empirical work from sociology, history, cultural studies, anthropology and geography
- Contains 38 high quality illustrations, based on extensive, original archive work