Welcome to the Subject Guide for SOCI 255/355: Sociology of the City
Some core resources online include:
This assignment requires you to analyse a source from the Macmillan Brown Library in your investigation of the development of the city, Christchurch.
We suggest you try the following approach:
Books and articles
Emergence of the modern city: Colonisation/Canterbury Settlement/Gothic Christchurch/19th early 20th century
Flaneur/Walking around campus UC Campus
Looking at the City
For a list of photographic works on Christchurch, look at this subject heading in the catalogue: Christchurch (N.Z.) -Pictorial works.
The Macmillan Brown Library has a wide range of books on Christchurch suburbs. Search the catalogue using the name of the suburb and the word Christchurch.
Some books that include a discussion on suburban growth include:
Council planning publications.
The Macmillan Brown Library has some interesting City Council planning publications. Many can be found using these search terms: City planning Christchurch and they include City of Christchurch residential urban renewal report. (1972)]; Christchurch development (1968); The city plan review: a statement of planning objectives and policies for the 1978 review of the Christchurch City District Scheme…(1977).
Books and reports etc
Suburban development and transport. Suburban histories will include material on transport. Some examples include
Also try the keyword search Christchurch suburb*
Tramways Do a subject keyword search on street railroads christchurch
Council Planning documents
The Garden City/ Urban Planning and Nature/Dystopia
Books on the Garden city: Some but not all of these books with garden city in their title include discussion of ChCh’s status as a Garden city
Greening the Red Zone http://www.greeningtheredzone.nz/
We have thousands of original architectural drawings in the Macmillan Brown Library, including works by Miles Warren, Don Donnithorne, Paul Pascoe, Peter Beaven, Armson Collins and many more. Contact Erin to discuss access.
Naughton, Howard. "Re-inscribing the urban abject: Ngai Tahu and the Gothic Revival." New Zealand Geographer 65, no. 1 (April 2009): 48-58. Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2009.01147.x
The Press newspaper will be a useful source of debate on Christchurch buildings. Early copies are available online on Papers Past, later ones are available online or on microfilm, depending on the date.
Christchurch modern: http://www.christchurchmodern.co.nz/
We have several sources written in the 1800s that describe the success or otherwise of Christchurch and the Canterbury colony. These could form a useful comparison with what the Society of Canterbury Colonists was aiming to achieve (as in the week 6 reading).
Lyttelton Times 1851-1889 on PapersPast. This newspaper is a rich source of information and includes: Journal of the week with such things as the progress of roads, land sales, NW wind; Police report; Advertisements which include public notices including those from the Canterbury Association.
The Journal of Edward Ward 1850-1851: Being His Account of the Voyage to New Zealand in the Charlotte Jane and the First Six Months of the Canterbury Settlement. (1951). This is a typescript of a journal held in Canterbury Museum.
Travels and adventures of an officer’s wife in India, China and New Zealand. (1864). This is also available online. It contains a detailed description of Christchurch.
Canterbury Association. Part of the Canterbury Settlement. [map] London : T.W. Saunders, [1851?] Macmillan Brown Library G 9083 .C3 .C229 Very early map of Christchurch showing the centre called Lyttelton.
If you really want to try contacting the past....
The Christchurch Music Scene
RDU archives - large collection of archives relating to RDU radio station, including playlists, posters, promotional material, photographs and more. The collection is not full catalogued yet, as contact Erin to arrange to view items.
We have several music and popular culture magazines. These are a great source of information and include gigs, reviews, interviews and rants.
We also have music flyers from the late '90s and early 2000s in our ephemera collection (ask at the desk for these).
The Macmillan Brown Library has a range of radical/protest/socialist journals published in Christchurch. Some have long runs, some have just one or two issues.
Browse these subject headings:
For club histories etc do a keyword search on the name of the sport and Christchurch e.g. soccer Christchurch
Archives and Art
The legacy of Thomas Edmonds NA 1607 .C5 .A673 no.8
Christchurch Gas, Coal and Coke Company / Christchurch Gas Works
Search the catalogue using the keywords Christchurch gas coal
Other resources on industry in Christchurch
Deprivation Index This shows the economic status of different areas.
Urban Renewal/ The transitional City: the mobile city: soft, fluid and non-spaces
Books and Journal Articles
MB 1957, Sustainable Cities Trust Records, 1990s : a large collection of archives from a Christchurch based independent agency working to catalyse sustainable urban development. Contact Erin to arrange access
These are some of the poetry, fiction and art works produced after and in response to the earthquakes. We also have many personal narratives relating to the quakes as well as a wide range of architectural, planning and other technical works.
Poetry and fiction
Photographs by Tim Veling in the UC art collection:
Art in the published collection: