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Struggles for a pastIrish and Afro-Caribbean histories in England, 1951-2000$
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Kevin Myers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084805

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084805.001.0001

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Pluralism, politics and the uses of the past (1981–2000)

Pluralism, politics and the uses of the past (1981–2000)

(p.153) 3 Pluralism, politics and the uses of the past (1981–2000)
Struggles for a past

Kevin Myers

Manchester University Press

The third chapter, spanning the period 1981-2000, traces the ways in which newly available historical identities came to be applied in public. Municipal multiculturalism developed educational and cultural policies designed to promote multi-ethnic and pluralistic cities. Ethnic difference in the present was explained by the invention of ethnic pasts and experiences that were tacitly assumed to be the basis of enduring historical identities. The resulting ethnic minority histories, which were initially championed by municipal multicultural policy and later recruited to combat social exclusion, may have effectively challenged the dominant national narrative but they also entailed their own silences and simplicities. It is argued that acrimonious debates, around what constituted ‘indigenous culture’ or ‘authentic history’, demonstrated how the historical sensibility promoted by earlier scholar activists was disappearing. In the practice of cultural difference, and in the associated elevation of ethnic histories as the source of strong identities, history was becoming a celebration of those differences and identities partly imposed by a racist society.

Keywords:   Municipal multiculturalism, Ethnic absolutism, Inclusion, Therapeutic education, Historical consciousness

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