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Re-Imagining Contested CommunitiesConnecting Rotherham through Research$
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Elizabeth Campbell, Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente, and Zanib Rasool

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333302

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333302.001.0001

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Who are we now? Local history, industrial decline and ethnic diversity

Who are we now? Local history, industrial decline and ethnic diversity

(p.41) Six Who are we now? Local history, industrial decline and ethnic diversity
Re-Imagining Contested Communities

Elizabeth Pente

Paul Ward

Policy Press

This chapter challenges what might be called a ‘local history paradigm’, whereby immigration to Britain and the decline of industry are linked and local history is considered to ‘end’ in the 1980s. It explores representations of past and present in Rotherham, and draws on examples of heritage projects undertaken there by people from minority ethnic communities. This chapter emerged from the experience of many of the participants living in and researching the town during the child sexual exploitation scandal. Nonetheless, while about Rotherham, its interpretation might be applicable to a variety of post-industrial towns and cities in northern England and elsewhere. The chapter also considers ways in which the heritage projects add to the local history narrative of the town.

Keywords:   local history, industrial decline, ethnic diversity, ethnic minority communities, child sexual exploitation scandal, heritage projects

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