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By Susanne Wessendorf

Drawing on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, Wessendorf explores lifestyles in a super-diverse city neighbourhood. The ebook offers a vibrant account of the day-by-day doings and social kinfolk one of the citizens and the way they pragmatically negotiate distinction of their daily lives.

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1 While multiculturalism policies were blamed for enhancing such parallel lives and widening the gaps between different ethnic groups, discourses about cohesion emphasized the need to facilitate more interaction between different ethnic and religious minority and majority groups, and create a shared sense of belonging and civic pride (Grillo, 2010). This was also conceptualized with Putnam’s (2000) notion of ‘bonding social capital’ within groups, supposedly encouraged by multiculturalism policies, as opposed to ‘bridging social capital’ across groups which should be enhanced by the cohesion agenda.

2008:332). Valentine criticizes the above-mentioned discourses about conviviality and everyday multiculturalism as celebratory by demonstrating the coexistence of daily courtesies in public space and the continuity of privately held prejudiced views. , 2002:185). Valentine (2008) makes the important point that negative attitudes are often related to narratives about victimhood and injustice about the allocation of local resources such as social housing, an issue I discuss further below. She emphasizes the importance of contextualizing encounters within history, material conditions and relations of power.

2009). In Hackney, black youth are similarly stigmatized and perceived to threaten positive relations in public space, but as I show in Chapter 9, these feelings are expressed by people of various backgrounds, including the parental generation of these youngsters. , 2009:199), prejudice against black youth is primarily based on generalized ideas that they are involved in crime and threaten public safety. Both examples show, however, that difference becomes relevant when it is related to perceived threats in public space.

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