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Whiteness and loss in outer East London: tracing the collective memories of diaspora space

James, M. (2013). Whiteness and loss in outer East London: tracing the collective memories of diaspora space. Ethnic and Racial Studies, doi: 10.1080/01419870.2013.808761

Abstract

This paper explores collective memory in Newham, East London. It addresses how remembering East London as the home of whiteness and traditional forms of community entails powerful forms of forgetting. Newham's formation through migration – its ‘great time’ – has ensured that myths of indigeneity and whiteness have never stood still. Through engaging with young people's and youth workers' memory practices, the paper explores how phantasms of whiteness and class loss are traced over, and how this tracing reveals ambivalence and porosity, at the same time as it highlights the continued allure of race. It explores how whiteness and class loss are appropriated across ethnic boundaries and how they are mobilized to produce new forms of racial hierarchy in a ‘super-diverse’ place.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/2525
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