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    Becoming ‘ghosts’: recalling the impact of urban change on the lived experience of multi-culture

    Butcher, Melissa (2019) Becoming ‘ghosts’: recalling the impact of urban change on the lived experience of multi-culture. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (3), pp. 387-394. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    Abstract

    This review focuses on the contributions of Neal et al’s (2018) book Lived Experiences of Multiculture. I examine their attention to the implications of place in encounter, and their reference to the importance of competencies and reflexivity. While much has been written on these fields, their granular ethnography reveals points of conviviality in the grounded socio-spatial relations of diversity in sites that blur the boundaries between public and private: parks, chain cafes, leisure groups, and schools. However, while spaces of hopeful encounter clearly exist, the complexity and pain of these processes and the power relations that underpin them, particularly under conditions of urban transformation, require some elucidation. Therefore, I would argue for an extension of this work to incorporate an account of belonging that allows for the impacts of urban transformation, the power relations inherent in these processes, the need for more interdisciplinary engagement in the field of intercultural competence, and the need to ensure our analysis of diversity and encounter does not stray too far from a focus on conflict.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gentrification, multiculture, urban encounter
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centre: Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Melissa Butcher
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 13:46
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 05:53
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/25053

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