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Living CargoHow Black Britain Performs Its Past$
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Steven Blevins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697144

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697144.001.0001

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Dissident Publics in a Neoliberal City

(p.243) Chapter 6 @Bristol
Living Cargo

Steven Blevins

University of Minnesota Press

The sixth and final chapter of Living Cargo concludes with an interrogation of urban regeneration in the city of Bristol, situating the neoliberal city’s alliance with private real estate investors and corporate investors in relation to the concurrent campaigns by black community activists that the city acknowledge its historical involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and that it reorient economic redevelop for the benefit of communities struggling against that historical legacy. The chapter looks at artists Hew Locke and Graham Mortimer Evelyn alongside political protests, street actions, and popular uprisings that raise fundamental questions about state, civic, and institutional responsibility to the past, and laid the groundwork for a transformation of its public cultures.

Keywords:   Contemporary black Britain, Colonial archive, Critical redressive historiography, Pubic history, Public cultures, Literary figures, Artists, Urban Regeneration, Urban Gentrification, Political action

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