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Title: Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces
Authors: Jones, Hannah
Neal, Sarah
Mohan, Giles
Connell, Kieran
Cochrane, Allan
Bennett, Katy
First Published: 23-Jul-2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: The Sociological Review, 2015, 63 (3), pp. 644-661
Abstract: This paper engages with an emergent literature on multiculture and concepts such as conviviality and negotiation to explore how increasingly ethnically diverse population routinely share and mix in urban places and social spaces. As part of a wider ESRC funded, two-year qualitative study of changing social life and everyday multiculture in different geographical areas of contemporary England, this paper draws on participant observation data from three branches of franchised leisure and consumption cafe spaces. We pay particular attention to the ways these spaces work as settings of encounter and shared presence between groups often envisaged as separated by ethnic difference. Our findings suggest that corporate spaces which are more often dismissed as commercial, globalized spaces of soulless homogeneity can be locally inflected spaces whose cultural blandness may generate confident familiarity, ethnic mixity, mundane co-presence and inattentive forms of conviviality.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-954X.12311
ISSN: 0038-0261
eISSN: 1467-954X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo for 12 months from first publication.
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