2002 volume 34(6) pages 959 – 980

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Amin A, 2002, "Ethnicity and the multicultural city: living with diversity" Environment and Planning A 34(6) 959 – 980

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Ethnicity and the multicultural city: living with diversity

Ash Amin

Received 29 January 2002; in revised form 8 April 2002

Abstract. In the wake of the race disturbances in Oldham, Burnley, and Bradford in Summer 2001, the author explores the possibilities for intercultural understanding and dialogue. He argues that, although the national frame of racial and ethnic relations remains important, much of the negotiation of difference occurs at the very local level, through everyday experiences and encounters. Against current policy emphasis on community cohesion and mixed housing, which also tends to assume fixed minority ethnic identities, the author focuses on prosaic sites of cultural exchange and transformation, plural and contested senses of place, an agonistic politics of ethnicity and identity, and the limitations of the White legacy of national belonging in Britain.

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