'It's about giving yourself a sense of belonging’: community-based history and well-being in South Yorkshire

TWELLS, Alison, FURNESS, Penny, BHANBHRO, Sadiq and GREGORY, Maxine (2018). 'It's about giving yourself a sense of belonging’: community-based history and well-being in South Yorkshire. People, place and policy online, 12 (1).

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Abstract

Community-based history is a highly popular activity in neighbourhoods across the UK. The practice of participants doing history, often their own, for themselves, marks its difference from other forms of public history. This article explores the potential of involvement in community-based history in the South Yorkshire region to contribute to social identity and well-being and to inform public policy concerning health and well-being. We demonstrate the role of community-based history in building social capital and creating social links, tackling the negative effects of isolation, providing meaning, generating public and self-esteem and contributing to personal identity and belonging, as well as improving and strengthening local communities. Our findings reveal the relevance of community history in shaping notions of place and a sense of well-being through citizen engagement, with implications for community governance. At the same time, the limitations of our sample, particularly in relation to 'race' and whiteness, mirror an overwhelmingly White British participation in the wider heritage sector. This confirms that issues concerning whose history is represented, by whom, for what purpose and in what context, require consideration and raises questions regarding the role of community history in enabling a nostalgic and exclusive place-making with negative implications for non-British and/or non-white inhabitants.

Item Type: Article
Departments: Development and Society > Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Depositing User: Penny Furness
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2018 19:31
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20980

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