1st Edition

Lived Experiences of Multiculture
The New Social and Spatial Relations of Diversity

ISBN 9780367877378
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
182 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

In an increasingly ethnically diverse society, debates about migration, community, cultural difference and social interaction have never been more pressing.

Drawing on the findings from a two-year, qualitative Economic and Social Research Council funded study of different locations across England, Lived Experiences of Multiculture uses interdisciplinary perspectives to examine the ways in which complex urban populations experience, negotiate, accommodate and resist cultural difference as they share a range of everyday social resources and public spaces. The authors present novel ways of re-thinking and developing concepts such as multiculture, community and conviviality, whilst also repositioning debates which focus on conflict models for understanding cultural differences.

Amidst highly charged arguments over the social relations of belonging and the meanings of local and national identities, this timely volume will appeal to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students interested in fields such as Race and Ethnicity Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, Human Geography and Migration Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables


Chapter 1 Spatial multiculture: changing formations of urban diversity and the difference a place makes

Chapter 2 The increasingly ordinary and increasingly complex nature of ethnic diversity and everyday social life: conviviality, community and why the micro matters

Chapter 3 Researching difference: differentiated populations, lives and places

Chapter 4 Multiculture and public parks: social practice and attachment in urban green space

Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Semi-public space - corporate cafés, multiculture and everyday social life

Chapter 6 Chapter 6: Conviviality and the social relations of social leisure organizations in diverse urban places

Chapter 7 Educational spaces, identities and young people’s management of urban multiculture

Chapter 8 Multiculture and policy imaginations – engagements with the capacities of the informal social world

Chapter 9 Conclusions – precarious multiculture




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Sarah Neal is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Katy Bennett is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester.

Allan Cochrane is Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies at the Open University.

Giles Mohan is Professor of International Development at the Open University.