Thinking spatially: towards an everyday understanding of inter-ethnic relations

Clayton, John (2009) Thinking spatially: towards an everyday understanding of inter-ethnic relations. Social and Cultural Geography, 10 (4). pp. 481-498. ISSN 1464-9365

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In the context of a shift away from municipal multiculturalism towards community cohesion, and in the light of renewed debates around difference, national identity and Britishness, this article sets out a geographically informed theoretical framework which focuses upon the spatial (re)construction of racial and ethnic identities. The article develops the idea of the everyday as a way of viewing the spatially contingent, complex and negotiated state of inter-ethnic relations in a specific UK city. Not only does this reveal the manner in which strong and stubborn boundaries between social groups are entrenched through the (re)enforcement of spatialised relations of power, but also how accommodations across, between and within difference are realised. Through the employment of empirical material from Leicester, England, the article contends that everyday solidarities emerge from a number of intersecting spatial influences which do not
equate to abstract or fixed versions of national belonging.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiculturalism, community cohesion,everyday geographies, identities, belonging
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Dr John Clayton
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 12:31
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:25

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