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Co-Producing ResearchA Community Development Approach$
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Sarah Banks, Angie Hart, Kate Pahl, and Paul Ward

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340751

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340751.001.0001

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‘Who controls the past controls the future’: Black history and community development

‘Who controls the past controls the future’: Black history and community development

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Co-Producing Research

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Paul Ward

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What role does “Black history” play in community development? This chapter discusses how Black and Asian minority ethnic (BAME) communities have been excluded from contributing to national and local histories, depriving them of resources that would enable them to develop different futures in the context of a British historical narrative dominated by whiteness. It focuses on the intersection of history and community development and how community-based organisations have worked in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield (in West Yorkshire in the north of England). The chapter suggests that there are advantages in the co-production of historical knowledge, one of which is that a collaborative approach enables greater inclusion and diversity of views, especially as there is a lack of ethnic diversity amongst academic staff at British universities.

Keywords:   Black history, community development, coproduction of historical knowledge, co production, Black and Asian minority ethnic communities

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