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Confronting a Divided Past for a Shared Future: The Lieux de Mémoire of the Altab Ali Park in London

Vékony, Dániel (2017) Confronting a Divided Past for a Shared Future: The Lieux de Mémoire of the Altab Ali Park in London. Society and Economy . DOI https://doi.org/10.1556/204.2017.001

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Abstract

This paper deals with the Altab Ali Park and its significance in regards to the Muslim community in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Using Pierre Nora’s concept of lieux de Mémoire, I would like to demonstrate how the Bangladeshi Muslim minority and the rest of the community of Tower Hamlets construct their collective memory through the transformation of the park. The article argues that the Altab Ali Park is in Pierre Nora's term a lieu de Mémoire with a multiple layers, which has been developed to enhance community cohesion in the Borough. The park itself contains further lieux de mémoire with clear messages against extremist secular and religious ideologies. This makes the park a symbol of multicultural coexistence in the district, which could help increase community cohesion through shaping the identity of the inhabitants of Tower Hamlets.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social remembrance, collective memory, liex de mémoire, Muslims in Europe, identity
JEL classification:I31 - General Welfare; Well-Being
J15 - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
Z10 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
Subjects:International relations
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1556/204.2017.001
ID Code:3043
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:13 Sep 2017 14:25
Last Modified:13 Sep 2017 14:25

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