In the Shadow of Enoch Powell -

In the Shadow of Enoch Powell

Race, Locality and Resistance



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Fifty years ago Enoch Powell made national headlines with his 'Rivers of Blood' speech, warning of an immigrant invasion in the once respectable streets of Wolverhampton. This local fixation brought the Black Country town into the national spotlight, yet Powell's unstable relationship with Wolverhampton has since been overlooked. Drawing from interviews and archival material, this book offers a rich local history through which to investigate the speech, bringing to life the racialised dynamics of space during a critical moment in British history. What was going on beneath the surface in Wolverhampton and how did Powell's constituents respond to this dramatic moment? The research traces the ways in which Powell's words reinvented the town and uncovers highly contested local responses. While Powell left Wolverhampton in 1974, the book returns to the city to explore the collective memories of the speech which continue to reverberate. In a contemporary period of new crisis and national divisions, revisiting the shadow of Powell allows us to reflect on racism and resistance from 1968 to today. -- .

Product code: 9781526127396

ISBN 9781526127396
Publisher Manchester University Press
No. Of Pages 152
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW138
Series Racism, Resistance and Social Change
This book contributes to race and ethnicity studies through a focus on the small scale, racialised dynamics of locality during a sharpening climate of crisis in British society. -- .