Manchester
The postcolonial city
in Postcolonial Manchester
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This chapter seeks to locate Manchester as a northern city, and as Europe's premier industrial city. It also seeks to locate Manchester as a migrant and emphatically postcolonial city whose existence owes as much to the reverse-flows of Empire as to internal migration from the rest of England, Scotland and Ireland. As the result of the re-energized social, cultural and political climate of the early 1980s, Manchester began to develop its own, distinctive, literary scene. This scene shared a good deal of the 'DIY' and 'punk ethic' that Dave Haslam and others have identified in the city's music. Manchester's literary output from the early 1980s to the millennium may be seen to constitute a moving testament to both the legacy of Empire and the Margaret Thatcher government's infamously unsympathetic response to the sudden collapse of Britain's manufacturing base.

Postcolonial Manchester

Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture

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