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Race in an English village; decoding organisation

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 26 September 2012

Bletchley Park, the decoding organisation, was at the heart of British intelligence operations in the Second World War. A mythology has grown around its secret activities, which some claim shortened the war by several years. Professor Christopher Grey talks to Laurie Taylor about his seminal research into the romance and reality of Bletchley Park. They're joined by Professor Anthony King. Also, race and 'belonging' in an English village. The social anthropologist, Katharine Tyler, explores the attitudes of white residents to their British Asian neighbours in a semi suburban village in the Midlands.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Dr Katharine Tyler

    Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Exeter University

    Article “The English village, whiteness, coloniality and social class”
    doi: 10.1177/1468796812448020
    Ethnicities August 2012 vol. 12 no. 4 427-444

    Whiteness, Class and the Legacies of Empire on Home Ground
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230578497
    ISBN-13: 978-0230578494

    Find out more about Katharine Tyler
  • Christopher Grey

    Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Warwick (Incoming Professor of Organisational Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London)

    Decoding Organization: Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and Organization Studies
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN-10: 1107005450
    ISBN-13: 978-1107005457

    Find out more about Christopher Grey
  • Anthony King

    Professor in Sociology at the University of Exeter

    The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN-10: 0521760941
    ISBN-13: 978-0521760942

    Find out more about Anthony King


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