Organizer: Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths University of London, UK); Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths University of London, UK)
Within urban scholarship, the study of ‘social mix’ has often centred on the spheres of housing and neighbourhood, mostly highlighting segregation and the lack of mixing. For example, Butler and Robson (2001) have argued that mixed neighbourhoods are often characterised by ‘social tectonics’ where different classed and ethnic groups slide past each other. Meanwhile, an emerging field problematises a focus on the residential to look at encounters with difference in public and semi-public spaces that can act as ‘zones of encounter’ (Amin, 2002; Neal et al, 2013; Wessendorf, 2013; Watson, 2009; Wise, 2010). In addition, another body of work has focused particularly on young people and ‘new ethnicities’ pointing to more hybrid and emerging forms of conviviality in urban settings (Gilroy, 2004; Back, 1996; Hall, 1996; Nayak, 2004).
This stream seeks to bridge these three areas of research through an examination of places of everyday multiculture. Asking: what kinds of interactions, tensions, strategies of avoidance, and of negotiation do semi/public spaces engender? And what kinds of new ethnicities and forms of conviviality, as well as forms of racism or xenophobia manifest within them? Are the ‘social tectonics’ of neighbourhood unsettled or reproduced in such spaces? How are race, ethnicity and class articulated through/against each other in these contexts? How do flows of capital disrupt, or constitute spaces of everyday multiculture?
E9.1: Multiculture, Place and the Everyday: Ambivalence of conviviality
Chair: Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths College University of London)
Klara Fiedlerová; Luděk Sýkora
Everyday conviviality in emerging multicultural neighbourhood; insights from a post-socialist city
Integrating existing socially mixed spaces in social mix visions: The case of Kviberg’s Market, Gothenburg
Against integration: cohabitation in Stockholm and London as read through an ideal of convivial multiculture
Hanna Louis Jensen
The making of multiple mobile places in everyday train commuting’
Michele Semprebon and Roberta Marzorati
Building conviviality in the block and beyond: zones of encounter and the role of young families in a mixed planned community in Milan
E9.2: Multiculture, Place and the Everyday: ‘Race’ and everyday encounters
Chair: Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths University of London)
Post-codes, policing and neo-communitarianism: territorial dialogues and urban multiculture
Negotiating Space: Nigerian taxi drivers in Dublin
Everyday racial interactions in the bars, parks, and sidewalks of Harlem
Sophie Hadfield-Hill and Cristiana Zara
Making and re-making space: Everyday sites of multiculture and regeneration?
Inhabiting Diversity: Everyday Interaction and the Multicultural Workplace
Michelle Duffy and Judith Nair
Festivals as sites of negotiating everyday multiculturalism
Multicultural Encounters in Everyday Urban Institutions