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

Nick Henry, Cheryl McEwan, Jane Pollard

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2002


  • Birmingham
  • Economy
  • Transnationalism
  • Politics of scale

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