Yemenis constitute the oldest group of Muslim settlers in Britain. They laboured in Britain’s seafaring towns in the early twentieth century, and played an essential, yet little-known, role in her industrial heartlands after World War II. This book explores the intersections of the themes of racism, class and resistance in the life-stories of Yemeni former steelworkers in Sheffield, Britain’s major steel-producing city. These main biographical themes are examined within the broader context of post-war British history. The work utilises a life-story approach, and is dependent on the narratives of the former steelworkers, thus giving an original and highly readable perspective on racism and resistance in post-war Britain.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XVI, 232 pp., 6 ill., 1 table
Contents: The push and pull factors of Arab and Commonwealth migration, and the intervening obstacles – Post-war migration
and settlement – The ethnic relations, race-relations and racism paradigms – The relationship between racism and class – The
oral history and life-story approaches.