Post-Socialist Britain?: Memory, Representation and Political Identity amongst German and Polish Immigrants in the UK
Political identity is influenced by a complex web of factors: e.g, constructions of ethnicity, social inclusion, community networks, and media representation. Post-Socialist Britain uses an innovative interdisciplinary methodology to explore this complexity. It uses a case study approach, focusing on two comparable, but very different, groups: Polish and German immigrants in the UK.
The research findings of Post-Socialist Britain will lead to a better understanding of how immigrant groups negotiate different aspects of their identities and the factors that contribute to the development of political behaviour. The project will therefore also be of significance for multiple stakeholders who work towards promoting community cohesion and against xenophobia and extremism. We work closely with Polish and German professional and community associations, policymakers, immigrant communities, and schools.
The project will result in: a single-authored monograph, a conference and special issue, five peer-reviewed journal articles, stakeholder workshops, two policy briefings, a virtual and physical exhibition and series of artistic performances, school teaching resources, and press op-ed and opinion pieces.
The research is divided into four strands: Narratives, Networks, Media and Communities.
1. A single-authored monograph
2. A conference and special issue
3. Five peer-reviewed journal articles
4. Photography workshops in West Bromwich and Nottingham
5. Two policy briefings
6. A virtual and physical exhibition and series of artistic performances
7. School teaching resources