The cultural currency of Afro-Caribbeans in Northamptonshire c. 1960-1990

George Watley

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This article addresses how Northamptonshire Afro-Caribbeans c. 1960-1990 were simultaneously part of the transformation from people of the Caribbean with individual island identities/nationalities into Afro-Caribbean British people whilst helping to shape this ethno-racial development. Oral history has been integral in conducting this research, with past Northamptonshire Black History Association (NBHA) interviews from 2002-2005 being a great asset to the interviews conducted by the author in 2009-2010 Economic concepts involving monetary currencies and flight to quality will be used to show how these monetary philosophies can help historians understand how culture and its manifestations are forms, and have systems, of exchange. These monetary concepts will also be used to create an understanding of cultural currency, as well as the frameworks for analysing how acquiring strong cultural currencies often leads to exchanging them for other strong cultural currencies. Northamptonshire Afro-Caribbean organisations and individuals’ usage of their historical and developed cultural currencies in obtaining greater ethno-racial pride will be illuminated in this article.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMidland History: Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2011


  • Caribbean
  • cultural currency
  • flight to quality
  • identity
  • Northamptonshire
  • oral history
  • sound systems
  • supplementary schools


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