Who controls the past controls the future: Black history and community development.

Aslam Shabina, Milton Brown, Nubia Onyeka, Elizabeth Pente, Natalie Pinnock- Hamilton, Samra Mandeep, 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCo-producing research: A community development approach
    EditorsSarah Banks, Angie Hart, Kate Pahl, Paul Ward
    Place of PublicationBristol
    PublisherPolicy Press
    Number of pages272
    ISBN (Print)9781447340768
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018


    • Black history
    • community development
    • co-production of historical knowledge


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