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Port Cities in Crisis

Dan Horner

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Criminology

Office:

Department of Criminology

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Department of Criminology

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Dan Horner Port Cities in Crisis

Dan Horner was recently awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to pursue his study of debates around the issue of public order in nineteenth-century Montreal and Liverpool. Entitled Port Cities in Crisis, this project examines how local elites in these two rapidly growing cities were consumed by the task of crafting an orderly urban landscape and society out of their bustling and turbulent surroundings. This project was undertaken amidst a cycle of crises that marked both cities- fires, epidemics, outbreaks of sectarian violence, environmental disasters and emergencies related to mass migration. It examines how local elites drew on ideas circulating in a trans-Atlantic bourgeois public sphere to grapple with these crises, how innovative practices of policing, urban planning, social activism and governance were implemented in different ways, and how acts of resistance against these measures were carried out in both cities.  Taking into account a wide range of cultural, political and legal factors, Port Cities in Crisis aims to shed light on both what was shared and what was unique about social change during this transformative period in these two cities.

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Dan Horner was recently awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to pursue his study of debates around the issue of public order in nineteenth-century Montreal and Liverpool.