This book is a case study of one distressed post-industrial city struggling with various discontents, drawn from those who live there. Their stories illuminate how racism, Islamophobia and Islamism take hold, rendering the city emblematic of wider problems across the world today.
Introduction -- The problems defined: the personal as political, and the political as personal -- spaces of discontent; education, democracy and fundamentalism -- Distress in the city: connecting big and intimate worlds -- a power to illuminate: auto/biographical narrative research -- Abandonment: the state of the estate -- Disrespect and political education for the jihad -- The History Man and 'an experiment in democratic education' -- The autodidacts -- Resources of hope? Raymond Williams, the WEA, and universities -- Resources of hope: Lidice Shall Live - a local education curriculum -- Beyond the fragments: distress, recognition and a democratic education
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