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Research Case studies

The vanishing social clubs of Liverpool 8

This DEI-funded research concerned Liverpool’s legacies of racism and territorialisation, particularly music and leisure spaces. The research explored the heritage, spatial and racialised relations in the Liverpool 8 postcode (also called L8, Granby, or Toxteth). Oral history interviews were conducted with older residents of L8 to learn about a network of social clubs, including the Ibo, Nigerian, Somali, Sierra Leone, Jamaica House, the Caribbean Centre and others. Although they once thrived, by the late 1980s most had closed. For younger generations, the social clubs’ heritage remains largely hidden. A documentary film was produced from the interviews, available here:

L8: A TimePiece from URBEATZ Ltd on Vimeo.

Research outputs

  • Lashua, B.D. and Owusu, Y. (Forthcoming, 2013) Merseybeatz: Hip-hop in Liverpool. In S. Nitzche (Ed.), Hip-Hop in Europe: Transatlantic and Transnational Perspectives. Berlin: LIT Verlag.
  • Lashua, B.D. (forthcoming 2012, July) The city of musical memory: Liverpool 8 – A case study. Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel. Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Lashua, B.D. (2011) Popular music memoryscapes of Liverpool 8. Media Fields Journal, 3. http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/popular-music-memories-of-live/
  • Lashua, B.D. (2011) The vanishing social clubs of Liverpool 8: Music, community, and urban change. In R. Watson and J. Harpin (Eds.), Identities, Cultures and Voices in Leisure and Sport,(pp. 39-60). Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.
  • Lashua, B.D. (2011, May) The vanishing social clubs of Liverpool 8: A documentary filmmaking approach to leisure research.13th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada

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