The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914 Hardcover – 23 Feb 2012
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'This is a rich and evocative book, which, if the reader can forgive the occasional descent into social science jargon … should be required reading for any student of folklore, and will [be] of great value to anyone interested in the history of Manchester, Norwich or Portsmouth, or urban history, psychogeography or related topics.' John Rimmer, Magonia Online
This innovative history of popular magical mentalities in nineteenth-century England reveals how the magical imagination helped people adjust to urban life. Using perspectives from cultural anthropology, sociology, folklore and urban studies, this is a major contribution to our understanding of popular magic and the lived experience of modernization and urbanization.See all Product Description