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Reputational geographies and urban social cohesion

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Parker, David; Karner, Christian

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Abstract This article adds to recent literature in migration studies on the importance of place and space by drawing on extended interviews with residents in the Alum Rock area of East Birmingham. Our central theme is the exploration of reputational geographies; the symbolic and material boundaries drawn around places as indicators of social status, sites of memories, and repositories of affect that can have profound socio-economic as well as emotional consequences for city residents. We argue that research and policy addressing urban social diversity must display a greater sensitivity to the deeply felt affiliations to, and memories of, local settings expressed by our respondents. We conclude that contemporary debates about multiculturalism and urban social cohesion require greater attention to the particularities of place and local identity.
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Free Keywords belonging; community; multiculturalism; place; social cohesion; social identities
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 1451-1470
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (2010) 8
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)