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Re-scripting the character of Birmingham's ethnic minority population: assets and others in the stories of a multicultural city

Chan, W.F. (2006) Re-scripting the character of Birmingham's ethnic minority population: assets and others in the stories of a multicultural city. Area, 38 (1). pp. 79-88. ISSN 0004-0894

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Abstract

Birmingham has embarked on a brave attempt to broaden its planning ethos and incorporate elements of the city's diverse cultural population. A key feature of this new ethos is a re-scripting of its ethnic minorities as an asset rather than a problem. In this paper, I track the characterization of Birmingham's ethnic minorities through the newspaper archive and mobilize a politics of difference as a critical reading strategy. In so doing, I suggest the narrative form on Birmingham's ethnic minorities has persistently made apparent forms of co-existence which flag up a discontinuity between 'diversity' and the characterization of its ethnic minorities as an asset.

Item type: Article
ID code: 3980
Keywords: Birmngham, ethnic minority, population, multicultural city, Communities. Classes. Races, Anthropology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Anthropology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2007
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 11:59
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/3980

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