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Pillars of Change

"Provocative, intelligent and impassioned, Pillars of Change is a survival guide for Black scholars as alienated youth force the pace of urban change. Based on the Black experience in Afro-Europe, the analysis and solutions will be welcomed in all parts of the Black World."


Planning Innovative Renewal

In Post-war Social Housing Areas of Black and Ethnic Minority Concentration in Inner London

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  Pillars of Change

Thomas L Blair

  "Provocative, intelligent and impassioned, Pillars of Change is a survival guide for Black scholars as alienated youth force the pace of urban change. Based on the Black experience in Afro-Europe, the analysis and solutions will be welcomed in all parts of the Black World."

Overview
Rebellious Black French youth exposed the failure of "integration" in the land of liberty, equality and fraternity in the worst riots in 40 years in 2005. But there is a less well-known and potentially more far-reaching result than civic disruption.

Thomas L Blair says they forced leading Black elites and scholars to recognise the need to draw strength from urban youth cultures and to promote Afro-European Studies to educators and policymakers. Furthermore, they should use the tools of the Information Age to digitise Black History and link the African Digital Diaspora in cyberspace. This, he says, will help shape the identity and power of coming generations and lay the foundations for greater understanding among people in multicultural democracies.

 

Table of Contents:

Elements of Change: Immigration and its effects; Distress; Attitudes towards Blacks are less welcoming; The historic present; Inevitable results of change

"We're Black and Proud": The scholars story; Youth's story; The social change story; What then is the role of the Black intellectual?; Thoughts on an ending

Urbanism and Poetics: Youth's urban cultures challenge Black poetics; Respect for youth and all who labour; Towards African European Studies; Digitising the African Diaspora;

Homage to Mme Y C Diop Mother Africa in Europe : Fundamental source of ideas; Niam n'goura; The mes of solidarity; "I must go on"

What Can We Do? - Resources and Further Reading - Notes on the author Acknowledgements

Pillars of Change is a lucidly written account of the conflicted yet inter-linked destinies of Black youth and intellectuals in often hostile western societies. It was forged in the great halls of the Sorbonne and UNESCO in Paris 2007 on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary celebrations of the 1 st International Congress of Black Writers and Artists in 1956. The celebrants were led by renowned personalities of liberal inspiration: Mme Yandé Christiane Diop, director of Présence Africaine and the grand dame of African culture and literary expression, Wole Soyinka, writer and Nobel laureate, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University .

Biographical Note

Thomas L Blair is a sociologist and editor and publisher of the Chronicleworld http:// www.chronicleworld.org , the Internet magazine on the Black experience in Britain and Afro-Europe. His website CyberAction for Social Change http://www. thom blair.org.uk showcases his work on urbanisation and racial integration in world cities. Both have been honoured by The British Library for inclusion in the first national archive of web sites on communities and cultures.

Edition Blair is a new imprint aimed at general and academic readers, and launched in the UK in mid-2007. Our publications will help readers "make use of the past to keep up with the present and future trends".

All rights reserved Copyright © Edition Blair May 2007

Contact details are: Thomas L Blair at: tb@thechronicle.demon.co.uk

 


 

Planning Innovative Renewal

In Post-war Social Housing Areas of Black and Ethnic Minority Concentration in Inner London

Report by Thomas L. Blair , 1997

Summary of the Context and Rationale

This study examines a popular portfolio of urban policy action, namely area-wide housing renewal, affecting Milton Court a social housing estate in London with significant populations of Afro-Caribbean, Africa , and Asian residents. The author argues that though the study of small areas is a well-established focus of social science and social policy disciplines, its application in inner city social housing areas faces serious challenges.

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