How can historical knowledge help us to make sense of communities like Rotherham?

Elizabeth Pente, Paul Ward

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This chapter addresses the question of how historical knowledge can help one to make sense of communities like Rotherham. It first considers what counts as ‘historical knowledge’, and examines the limitations of historiography in producing histories at a local level, where issues of class, gender, and ethnicity are played out in people's everyday lives. The chapter then explores how historians are expanding what counts for historical knowledge — in particular, the co-production of research, which can be defined as research with people rather than on people. It also provides some real-world examples of co-production in action. Finally, the chapter provides some arguments as to why historical knowledge matters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Imagining Contested Communities
Subtitle of host publicationConnecting Rotherham through Research
EditorsElizabeth Campbell, Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente, Zanib Rasool
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781447333357, 9781447333333, 9781447333340
ISBN (Print)9781447333326, 9781447333302
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2018

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NameConnected Communities
PublisherPolicy Press


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