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Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End: a political history / Nilufar, Ahmed

Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume: 39, Issue: 13, Pages: 2416 - 2418

Swansea University Author: Nilufar, Ahmed

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The Bangladeshi community in East London is more associated with deprivation and disadvantage than it is with political activism. However, in this insightful book Glynn charts the political mobilization of the community in Tower Hamlets, threading together political activism of Bengalis from the end...

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ISSN: 0141-9870 1466-4356
Published: 2016
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