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Globalization from below: Birmingham – postcolonial workshop of the world?

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Abstract:

Birmingham is re–inventing itself through a strategy of prestige city centre regeneration. Drawing on the theoretical lenses of transnationalism and postcolonialism, we sketch one alternative vision of Birmingham’s economic place in the world. Through a focus on ‘ethnic diversity’, and the subsequent distinctiveness of the city’s economy, this paper re–visions Birmingham as a ‘global’ city. Reflecting on a ‘politics of scale’, we highlight a ‘globalization from below’ that draws on the city’s residents and their histories

Keywords: Birmingham; economy; politics of scale; transnationalism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00064

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle Nick.Henry@ncl.ac.uk 2: School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Publication date: 2002-06-01

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