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Negotiating race and religion in the West Midlands: narratives of inclusion and exclusion during the 1967–69 Wolverhampton bus workers’ turban dispute

Kassimeris, George and Jackson, Leonie (2016) Negotiating race and religion in the West Midlands: narratives of inclusion and exclusion during the 1967–69 Wolverhampton bus workers’ turban dispute. Contemporary British History. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

This article considers the 1967–1969 Wolverhampton Transport turban dispute in the context of increased anxiety over immigration to the area and Wolverhampton South West MP Enoch Powell’s April 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. We trace the narratives of the dispute through letters to the Editor in local newspaper The Express & Star, and argue that the letters column was a site of community construction for writers and readers, which elevated the issue from a trivial industrial dispute to a symbol around which the deep anxieties of race and nation coalesced.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary British History on 22 September 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13619462.2016.1226807.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Leonie Jackson
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 16:07
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 20:22
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/31843

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