Out of the shadows: exploring the lives of the Birmingham Polish

Smojkis, Maureen (2014). Out of the shadows: exploring the lives of the Birmingham Polish. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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Using an oral history methodology this thesis explores the lives of the Birmingham Polish people. The first wave Polish migrants who arrived in Birmingham post 1939 were distinctly affected by the consequence of the Second World War. Polish migrants in Birmingham are not homogeneous and yet are linked by the Catholic faith which has served to both include and exclude members.

The importance of Polish history was pertinent for many of the respondents of this study and the thesis identifies the relevance of loss and trauma, resulting from this history for Polish migrants in Birmingham.

These experiences of loss, trauma of war and ethnic conflict, although unique to the Polish and other migrants fleeing both Stalin and Nazism, resonate with those of new migrant communities of refugees and asylum seekers today, who also face issues of loss, trauma and abuse and this affects the way that they live their lives in the private and public sphere.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Institute of Applied Social Studies
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/4943


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