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The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict Paperback – 17 Feb 2006
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This is a fascinating and honest book which builds upon the classic Family and Kinship in East London published nearly 50 years ago reflecting the afterglow of wartime and the early construction of the welfare state. It provides a fine piece of contemporary history of the years between. It faces up squarely to the problems posed to the UK model of social democracy by the inflows of immigration which have transformed the demographic make-up of Tower Hamlets leaving many traditional Bethnal Greeners baffled and embittered. It is also very well written - itself a classic study in social research all the more poignant because his shared authorship makes it Michael Young's last published work. (Peter Hennessy)
About the Author
The late Michael Young was co-author of the much-celebrated Family and Kinship in East London and founded institutions including the Consumers' Association and the Open University.
Kate Gavron is a fellow at the Young Foundation and a vice-chair of the Runnymede Trust.
Geoff Dench is Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University and a fellow at the Young Foundation. He trained as a social anthropologist at Cambridge and the LSE.
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I can only recommend reading this book without being put off by the cries of anguish emanating from the politically correct Marxist establishment that dominates present day sociology in Britain.
It is the story of how, a small community of a few lascars, from Bangladesh, left over from the East India Company, became a community of 70 000, concentrated around Bethnal Green. It lists the various acts of parliament which facilitates the growth and support of this community and the establishment philosophy which underpins it. The book records the strength of hostility of local indigenous white people and attempts to explain its origins, but it is never morally neutral and the tone is always slightly disapproving about white attitudes, while accepting ethnic foibles rather more graciously. It ends with a poignant tale of East Enders singing, There Will Always Be An England, at the end of the Blitz, and the chilling warning that should the experiment go wrong, Bethnal Green might be the breeding ground for terrorists.
Essential reading for modern times.
However Wilmott and Young’s landmark FAMILY AND KINSHIP had the tremendous saving grace of a genuinely engaged, respectful and open-minded approach to the ordinary East-enders who made it possible. It also provided a salutory bulwark against the ignorance of the planners.
Michael Young had the foresight to initiate the follow-up study in which the lives of the Bethnal Green dwellers who had been moved out to Greenleigh, Redbridge etc were examined: BETHNAL GREEN TO GREENLEIGH. A further follow up of the area left behind up to half a century later was still in the pipeline when he sadly departed from the East End himself.
THE NEW EAST END is what became of that noble intention, and it is a disingenuous, disastrous exercise in ideological trickery.Read more ›
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