ISSN: 14660407
First published in 2000
3 issues per volume
Volume 32 Issue 3
Cover Date: September 2013
Neighbourhoods or nothing? Social relations in David Lynch's Blue Velvet
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Authors:  Richard Martin 
DOI: 10.1386/ejac.32.3.235_1

Lynch,cinema,architecture,urbanism,neighbourhood,small town

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) raises significant questions concerning small-town social relations in the United States, the corrupting powers of industrial urbanism and the notion of propinquity. It is a vivid rejoinder to the idealization of the small town and to comfortable notions of community in general. Through a close reading of the spatial strategies employed in Blue Velvet, this article maps Lynch’s conception of the neighbour and the neighbourhood. The analysis encompasses the political rhetoric of Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin, the planning ideas of New Urbanism and critiques of the neighbour articulated by Freud and Žižek, as well as placing Blue Velvet in the context of Lynch’s other work.
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