Silicon Utopias: The making of a tech startup ecosystem in Manchester (UK)

Abstract

‘Silicon utopias’, the hope for a green, affluent and happy future through the creation of new tech-businesses, are today informing many urban development processes globally. In this contribution, I look at the recent remodeling of Manchester (Northern England) as an entrepreneurial city. In particular, I present a specific government investment scheme and its relation to the work of a group of local lobbyists who have been promoting a new tech startup community in the city since 2012. Stemming from this empirical example, I explore the interplay between local entrepreneurial dreams and the state’s promotion of startups. The paper concludes with the argument that an anthropologically informed concept of cynicism can contribute to a nuanced reading of silicon utopias and dystopias.

Section
Research reports
Published
Jun 26, 2017
How to Cite
PFEILSTETTER, Richard. Silicon Utopias: The making of a tech startup ecosystem in Manchester (UK). Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, [S.l.], v. 42, n. 1, p. 91-102, june 2017. ISSN 1799-8972. Available at: <https://journal.fi/suomenantropologi/article/view/65081>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2017.