Migration and Segregation

Laurence Brown & Niall Cunningham

Department of History & CoDE, University of Manchester & Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester


This paper compares how South and North Manchester were affected by the dynamics of internal migration and immigration during the three decades that followed the Second World War. The built environment of both areas was the focus for considerable redevelopment and transformation which then radically reshaped patterns of ethnic and economic segregation. The paper explores how the residents of both areas engaged with urban renewal projects, and how they gave meaning to the new landscapes that were created.

(Courtesy of Manchester Local Image Collection, ref. m32808)

(Courtesy of Manchester Local Image Collection, ref. m32808)


Laurence Brown is Lecturer in Migration History. His main research interests are the Caribbean diaspora (1760-present), labour migration in the remaking of nineteenth century colonialism, and the impact of migration on contemporary Western Europe.

His current research project examines the relationships between past and present migratory movements in the Caribbean, from European colonisation and the African slave trade, to indentured Asian and African immigration in the nineteenth century to contemporary Afro-Caribbean movements across the Americas and Europe. A central focus for my research has been the inter-colonial movements of elite and subaltern migrants between the British, French and Hispanic Caribbean. He is also interested in the extent to which contemporary theories on trans-nationalism, integration, second generation identity, diaspora and ethnicity can be used to inform historical research.

Niall Cunningham is Research Associate at CRESC: the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Manchester. He is interested in the historical and spatial analysis of ethnic and social segregation / conflict, and specifically in the possibilities and limitations of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) approaches for this type of research. He has published in the Journal of Historical Geography and Sociology on ethnic conflict in Ireland and the contemporary geography of social class in the UK. He is also a co-author of the forthcoming monograph, Troubled Geographies: A Spatial History of Religion and Society in Ireland Since the Famine (Indiana University Press, 2013).


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