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Our Manchester! Citizen Social Science in Moss Side

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11 November 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Phil Martin Centre
137-139 Princess Road
M14 4RE

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An exhibition to display the initial outputs and discussion around Our Manchester! – a community-led citizen social science project, which aims to share accounts of the impact of migration on place in the area of Moss Side and its surroundings.

The focus of the project is on the area of Moss Side and its surroundings, which has a particular place in the geographical and sociological imaginary of race in Britain.  Slum clearance, race riots, guns and gangs frame commonly held assumptions about the area. The community led project recognises this reputation and the stigmatising effect it has had on the neighbourhood and by association the people who live there.  The participants wish to challenge these representations by telling the stories of everyday lives that have contributed to the diverse, multi-cultural place that it now is. The accounts cover experiences of living in Moss Side, arrival and settlement, growing up, family life and ageing in place.

The project explores the future of social science by examining what a more public, citizen-led social science might look like. It considers the social life of methods and touches on transformatory futures of participation in social science.

This event consisted of an exhibition developed by the project and took place in the social centre in Moss Side which has been at the centre of the project. Following a brief introduction to the project by those leading it, there was an opportunity for people to move through the exhibition and to discuss informally with project participants, as well as an opportunity to contribute their own accounts and experiences. The event showcased what the project has achieved, engaged other residents in the project development, and demonstrated the citizen social science approach.

The event shared the stories we have collected from people living in Moss Side, their histories, current experiences and hopes for the future.efss_2012_logo_rgb


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