Across Europe, multiculturalism as a public policy has been declared ‘dead’ but, everyday multiculture is alive and well. This book explores how people live with diversity in contemporary cities and towns across Europe. Drawing on ethnographic studies ranging from London’s inner city and residential suburbs to English provincial towns, from a working-class neighbourhood in Nuremberg to the streets of Naples, Turin and Milan, chapters explore how diversity is experienced in everyday lives, and what new forms of local belonging emerge when local places are so closely connected to so many distant elsewheres. The book discusses the sensory experiences of diversity in urban street markets, the ethos of mixing in a super-diverse neighbourhood, contestations over the right to the provincial city, diverse histories and experiences of residential geographies, memories of belonging, and the ethics and politics of representation on an inner city estate. It weaves together ethnographic case studies with contemporary social and cultural theory from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, geography, cultural studies, and migration studies about urban space, migration, transnationalism and everyday multiculture.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.
1. Ethnography, diversity and urban space Mette Louise Berg and Nando Sigona 2. Landscapes of belonging, portraits of life: researching everyday multiculture in an inner city estate Ben Gidley 3. Shadow circuits: urban spaces and mobilities across the Mediterranean Camille Schmoll and Giovanni Semi 4. The essences of multiculture: a sensory exploration of an inner-city street market Alex Rhys-Taylor 5. Commonplace diversity and the ‘ethos of mixing’: perceptions of difference in a London neighbourhood Susanne Wessendorf 6. Diversity, urban space and the right to the provincial city Ben Rogaly and Kaveri Qureshi 7. Your ghetto, my comfort zone: a life-story analysis of inter-generational housing outcomes and residential geographies in urban south-east England Ole Jensen 8. Everyone knew everyone: diversity, community memory and a new established–outsider figuration Lars Meier 9. Notions and practices of difference: an epilogue on the ethnography of diversity Karen Fog Olwig