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Contested memories: the Shahid Minar and the struggle for diasporic space

Alexander, Claire (2013) Contested memories: the Shahid Minar and the struggle for diasporic space. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (4). pp. 590-610. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2012.674542


Drawing on new empirical research on ‘the Bengal diaspora’, this paper explores the struggle over Bangladeshi identity in East London, as exemplified in the monument of the Shahid Minar and the related celebration of Ekushe, which marks the beginning of the Bangladesh national liberation struggle. Bringing together theories of diaspora consciousness and memorialization, the paper explores the ways in which rituals and memory work both as a form of continuity with the homeland and as a method of claims-staking for minority groups in multicultural spaces. Using original interviews with community and religious leaders, the paper explores the ways in which the establishment of the monument and the memorialization of the Liberation War represents the re-imagination of the Bangladeshi community in London and draws the lines for the contestation of this identity.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Informa plc
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 13:44
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:00

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