The New East End by Michael Young
Kinship, Race and Conflict

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This is non-fiction Brick Lane -what life is really like around Brick Lane and the East End. One of the most influential non-fiction books of the 1950s was Family and Kinship in East London which examined in great depth the life of people living in the dockland areas that had been so comprehensively destroyed in the blitz. What has happened since? In the 50 years since the whole area has gone into terrible decline; has been comprehensively redeveloped (sometimes more than once); and, most important of all, has seen the traditional families largely leave, to be replaced by a huge influx of Bangladeshi families - many of whom are now into the second generation. What are their lives like? How is the community coping with the radical change? What are relations like between the old white population and the new Asian population? Does government policy affect racism? (Here the authors show - startlingly - that housing policies have made race relations much worse and must be changed. This will be very controversial). The book is a comprehensive examination of life in one of the most intriguing parts of England - but it stands for all Britain, and indeed everywhere in the world with large new immigrant populations.


About Michael Young

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Michael Young is a Technologist in the Research & Development group of The New York Times Company. He is currently focused on building new digital media products and services, primarily in the mobile space. Michael won the award for "Best Hack" at the Yahoo! BBC Hack Day 2007 (with colleague Nick Bilton) for their project He has also created numerous Google Maps mashups, including the AP News + Google Maps mashup, http: // He has a degree in computer science and mathematics from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR). Michael currently lives in New York City with his wife, Kim.
Published September 30, 2011 by Profile Books. 292 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, History. Non-fiction

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