What can the voices and narratives of sex workers and asylum seekers depicted in world literature and visual culture tell us about the conditions and pressures of life in the contemporary world?
The men were caught patronizing prostitutes near a traffic circle after neighbors and business owners complained, police said.
I hoped the makers of a documentary about Derby Road in Southampton would be fair about the area where I grew up. Photograph: Channel 4. Wed 25 Feb Topics Immigration and asylum Opinion Southampton Benefits comment. Their earnings were spent by their families in local grocery shops, halal butchers and sari shops.
I hoped in vain. And things have improved since. Being a poorer area, Derby Road had its problems.
There were one or two white families on our road, and on Derby Road I remember a sweetshop being run by one. Reuse this content.
Opinion Immigration and asylum. This article is more than 6 years old. The programme makers will probably say they were prevented from giving a voice to Derby Road residents.
Jason Rodrigues. Since the s, newly arrived families from the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies, Africa and, more recently, eastern European countries, have made it their home.
Naturally, the film crews captured some of this anger. Anything left over was sent back to relatives in their home countries.
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Love Productions, heavily criticised for making Benefits Street, seemed more even handed this time round, but the project was bound to be met with suspicion and anger. And Delroy, a Jamaican who cooked for his friends and neighbours every Wednesday, was probably around when my family lived in the area. But what was to have been a six-part series was reduced to a single episode.
My Indian-born parents moved to the area in Living in Northumberland Road, which runs parallel to Derby Road, I recall the men in the households around us were working in low-paid jobs, either in factories or in the docks. To that list you can now add immigration. That footage will overshadow some of the more positive characters the programme told us about.