The construction of images of people and place: Labelling Liverpool and stereotyping Scousers.

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On 28th August 1207, King John created the Borough of Liverpool by granting its first charter. During the ensuing 800 years Liverpool has experienced a complex and changing social, economic and political history resulting in powerful images of the city and its people. This paper examines the labelling of Liverpool and stereotypes of Scousers. It explains how historical and contemporary events, and their coverage in various arms of the media, construct social and spatial imaginations of the city. This involves a more systematic contribution to the how and why dimensions of negative place imagery and social stereotypes, and enhances our understanding of the processes and issues affecting our interpretations of people and place. The analysis is both historical and contemporaneous in teasing out how previous and current events shape the perceptions of insiders and outsiders. This paper reveals that despite concerted efforts to re-brand Liverpool the city continues to face difficult challenges with ongoing bad publicity and negative place imagery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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