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Re-Imagining Contested Communities: Connecting Rotherham through Research

Elizabeth Campbell, Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente, and Zanib Rasool


This is a book that challenges contemporary images of place. Too often we are told about deprived neighbourhoods but rarely do the people who live in those communities get to shape the agenda and describe, from their perspective, what is important to them. In this book the process of re-imagining comes to the fore in a fresh and contemporary look at one UK town, Rotherham. Using history, artistic practice, writing, poetry, autobiography, and collaborative ethnography, this book literally and figuratively re-imagines a place. It is a manifesto for alternative visions of community, located in hi ... More

Keywords: place, deprived neighbourhoods, re-imagining, Rotherham, community, researchers, community collaborative research, marginalised community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447333302
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447333302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Campbell, editor
Marshall University

Kate Pahl, editor
University of Sheffield

Elizabeth Pente, editor
University of Huddersfield

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Part One Introductions

One What kind of book is this?

Elizabeth Campbell

Part Two Community histories

Three Introducing Rotherham

Kate Pahl and Miles Crompton

Five Some poems, a song and a prose piece

Ray Hearne and Ryan Bramley

Seven Silk and steel

Shahin Shah

Ten Identity

Zanib Rasool

Part Three Community ways of knowing

Twelve Collaborative ethnography in context

Elizabeth Campbell, Luke Eric Lassiter and Kate Pahl

Fifteen What parents know: a call for realistic accounts of parenting young children

Tanya Evans, Abigail Hackett, Joanna Magagula and Steve Pool

Eighteen What can art do? Artistic approaches to community experiences

Zahir Rafiq in conversation with Kate Pahl and Steve Pool

Part Four Communities going forward

Twenty-Three What this book can teach us

Elizabeth Campbell, Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente and Zanib Rasool

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