Making usable pasts: collaboration, labour and activism in the archive

Griffin, Paul (2018) Making usable pasts: collaboration, labour and activism in the archive. Area, 50 (4). pp. 501-508. ISSN 1475-4762

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The precarious labour geography of shaping political left histories is raised in this article to engage with and deepen accounts of the archive within geography and beyond. The focus of the paper is on the provision of radical history in Glasgow through two archive collections within the city. The analysis raises the politics of archival research practices and is positioned within a context of increasingly difficult economic circumstances for libraries, archives and museums. The insights emerging from interviews with archive representatives reveal multiple issues relating to the provision of usable pasts and asserts the continued importance of archives within places such as Glasgow. In this regard, the archive is positioned as a place of collaboration, labour and activism to suggest an alternative understanding of archival practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archives, usable pasts, history from below, labour, Glasgow
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 03:30

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