ABSTRACT

In this chapter I examine three distinct manifestations of the Invisible Empire in the dominant discourse about the West India Docks and the surrounding area of the Isle of Dogs in east London. Each version constructs the history and represents the Docks differently as the discourse shifts to accommodate challenges from subordinate discourses associated with specific groups of people. Each discourse relates to a particular moment: the early 1990s, 2000 to 2002 and 2006 to 2007. In the following chapter I examine the representations of the East India Docks over similar time frames.