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Lived Diversities: Space, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city

M Y Alam, Charles Husband

Lived Diversities: Space, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city


Lived diversities: Space, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city is a timely and important book, which focuses on multi-ethnic interaction in an inner city area. Addressing difficult issues that are often simplistically and negatively portrayed it challenges the stereotypical denigration of inner city life, and Muslim communities in particular. Using well-crafted historical, political and contextual explanations the book provides a nuanced account of contemporary multi-ethnic coexistence. This invaluable contribution to our understanding of the politics and practice of multicultural coexistence is a must-read for students and practitioners interested in ethnic diversity, urban policy and the politics of place and space.

“A fascinating and revealing account of the micro-interactions of life in a contemporary British community. It is a very timely discussion which should help to challenge simplistic stereotypes of multiculturalism ‘failing’, urban decline and interethnic conflict.” Dr Caroline Howarth, LSE

"Successfully explores the concept of co-existence within a contemporary multi-ethnic urban specific space...multiple authors contest deficit discoursesregarding diversity in Britain." Sociological Imagination

"Lived diversities is a suggestive, richly textured study of everyday urban multiculture. Its engagement with issues of conflict, conviviality and banal civility will reward and challenge researchers and practitioners working through the implications of diversity for contemporary conceptions of citizenship." Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol

"Husband et al's fine-grained study provides a necessary and compelling response to the corrosive but durable stereotypes of Bradford that have been circulated over the last years." Dr Gavan Titley, National University of Ireland

“An intelligent and lively contribution to the critique of ‘social cohesion’ discourse in the policy sector. It provides a vivid analysis of local Bradford street life, where cars, buildings and sounds play an integral social, cultural and political role.” Prof John Eade, University of Roehampton


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