Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture

Postcolonial Manchester offers a radical new perspective on Britain's devolved literary cultures by focusing on Manchester's vibrant, multicultural literary scene. This book presents the North West of England as quintessential 'diaspora space' and contributes to a better understanding of the region in social, cultural and aesthetic terms. It examines the way in which stories, poems and plays set in locales such as 'the Curry Mile' and Moss Side, have attempted to reshape Manchester's collective visions. The book features a broad demographic of authors and texts emanating from different diasporic communities and representing a wide range of religious affiliations. Manchester's black and Asian writers have struggled to achieve recognition within the literary mainstream, partly as a result of exclusion from London-centric, transnational publishing houses. Manchester's unfortunate reputation as one of Britain's 'crime capitals' is analysed by the use of fiction to stretch and complicate more popular explanations. A historical overview of Manchester's literary anthologies is presented through a transition from a writing that paid tribute to political resistance to more complex political statements, and focuses on the short story as a literary mode. The book combines close readings of some of the city's best-known performance poets such as Lemn Sissay and SuAndi with analysis of the literary cultures that have both facilitated and challenged their art. The book affords readers the opportunity to hear many of the chapter authors 'in their own words' by reflecting on how they themselves in terms of the literary mainstream and their identities.

integration debates and goals cannot be meaningfully detached from the social inclusion goals understood to apply to Irish citizens. The c­ onversations about integration conducted from different angles in different chapters are variously framed in conceptual debates about social capital, cultural capital, human capital and human capability. Wherever possible the focus is on specific case studies; here I draw on the recent work of a large number of other researchers as well as specific research on immigration, well-being and social inclusion and immigrant participation in

in Immigration and social cohesion in the Republic of Ireland
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interests and ‘voices’, as Maha Abdel Rahman has argued (Abdel Rahman 2017). Clearly the poorly paid, often rural-origin conscripts who were posted on the front lines with barely any shelter or proper food, squatting for endless days in the streets behind the concrete buffer walls erected around Tahrir by the army in 2011 and 2012, confronting demonstrators, represent an entirely different world from that of the highly placed officers and generals who gave the orders to fire on the protesters. New Capital Cairo, the army’s grandiose dream CAIRO (Reuters) – Impoverished

in Cairo collages

they actually mean. Add to the brew civil society, social capital and public value and the head can really start to hurt! Yet if we are carry out a robust audit of the health of local democracy in Britain, a good dose of theory is essential. Theory provides a framework to help us to understand what is going on, to make sense of the evidence and the arguments, to make an analysis and possibly even to offer prescriptions for the future. In other words it offers us a context, it gives meaning to the why and the what, it provides us with an organisational tool without

in Local democracy, civic engagement and community
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Multilingualism and power in contemporary French cinema

In a world defined by the flow of people, goods and cultures, many contemporary French films explore the multicultural nature of today's France through language. In a cinematic landscape increasingly characterised by multiculturalism and linguistic diversity, a number of contemporary French films are beginning to represent multilingualism as a means of attaining and exerting social power. This book is the first substantial study of multilingual film in France. Unpacking the power dynamics at play in the dialogue of eight emblematic films, it argues that many contemporary French films take a new approach to language and power. The book begins in central Paris in Polisse and Entre les murs, then travels to the banlieue in Un prophete and Dheepan. It then heads to another culturally loaded but very different space with Welcome and La Graine et le mulet, whose border-crossing stories unfold in the port cities of Calais and Sete respectively. Then, in London River and Des hommes et des dieux, the book steps off French soil, travelling to the English capital and former French colony of Algeria. It explores characters whose lives are marked not only by France, but by former colonies, foreign countries and other European states. In its depiction of strategic code-switching in transcultural scenarios, contemporary French multilingual cinema shows the potential for symbolic power inherent in French, other dominant Western tongues, and many migrant and minority languages. The book offers a unique insight into the place of language and power in French cinema today.

The morphogenesis of an African regional capital

This book deals with the planning culture and architectural endeavours that shaped the model space of French colonial Dakar, a prominent city in West Africa. With a focus on the period from the establishment of the city in the mid-nineteenth century until the interwar years, our involvement with the design of Dakar as a regional capital reveals a multiplicity of 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' dynamics. These include a variety of urban politics, policies, practices and agencies, and complex negotiations at both the physical and conceptual levels. The study of the extra-European planning history of Europe has been a burgeoning field in scholarly literature, especially in the last few decades. There is a clear tendency within this literature, however, to focus on the more privileged colonies in the contemporary colonial order of preference, such as British India and the French colonies in North Africa. Colonial urban space in sub-Saharan Africa has accordingly been addressed less. With a rich variety of historical material and visual evidence, the book incorporates both primary and secondary sources, collected from multilateral channels in Europe and Senegal. It includes an analysis of a variety of planning and architectural models, both metropolitan and indigenous. Of interest to scholars in history, geography, architecture, urban planning, African studies and Global South studies – this book is also one of the pioneers in attesting to the connection between the French colonial doctrines of assimilation and association and French colonial planning and architectural policies in sub-Saharan Africa.

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social policy debates. Social capital as he understands it has not just come to be Fanning_01_Text.indd 36 23/11/2010 14:05 Social cohesion 37 emphasised as a key resource in the promotion of social cohesion; as a shorthand for social glue it has come to actually define social cohesion.1 A third vantage point – the big international debate offstage about the crisis of multiculturalism – has clearly contributed to Irish debates about immigration and integration; how and to what extent are considered separately in Chapter 6. Such large-scale immigration as

in Immigration and social cohesion in the Republic of Ireland
Implications for jobs and inequality

extensive work on labour market segmentation, Rubery also emphasised that employers as a whole do not have a unified set of interests. Networked organisation: implications for jobs and inequality 71 As she and her colleagues wrote in Fragmenting Work: Blurring Organizational Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies: The situating of employing organisations in a web of inter-organisational relations provides a framework through which we can understand the development of employment relations in the context of the restructuring of capital–capital relations. The twin

in Making work more equal
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Navigating the theoretical terrain

1 Skill and gender: navigating the theoretical terrain Introduction States are increasingly selecting immigrants according to their labour market qualifications and their broad human capital. Using points tests, wage distribution curves and sector-specific visas, governments and employers evaluate newcomers on the basis of their potential contribution to domestic economies. Academics and policy-makers have paid considerable attention to these selection mechanisms and the relative human capital of skilled immigration compared with other immigration flows (e

in Gender, migration and the global race for talent

which government and employers acted to free themselves so as to implement radical austerity measures. This chapter examines the ideology behind the partnership between labour and capital in Ireland in order to throw light onto the role that Irish trade unions have played in the unopposed implementation of the austerity agenda in Ireland. Recent attempts by trade unions to turn to a so-called ‘organising model’, which does not question the previous framework, and therefore cannot be successful, will also be considered. The alternative strategy that will be proposed

in Ireland under austerity