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Contesting Culture

Contesting Culture
Discourses of Identity in Multi-ethnic London

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: May 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521555548

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  • This innovative 1996 study presents an account of the interaction of people from different ethnic backgrounds who live in Southall, the most densely populated, multi-ethnic ghetto in the London area. Breaking with the tradition of studying a single ethnic community, Gerhard Baumann treats Southall as a social field, in which various immigrant groups come to terms with one another and with the dominant, if distant, host culture. The people of Southall affirm ethnic distinctiveness in some contexts, but they are also engaged in rethinking their identities and in debating the meaning of their cultural heritage. This book is at once a vivid ethnographic account of an aspect of contemporary British life, and a challenge to the conventional discourse of community studies.

    • An original approach to the study of migrant groups, considering them as a whole within urban environments, rather than as single entities
    • The best descriptive account of an Asian community in Britain which has thus far been written
    • Well-written accessible text, by an experienced and widely respected author
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    • Date Published: May 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521555548
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the proceeds of research
    2. The argument
    3. A shared Southall culture?
    4. The dominant discourse applied: 'self-evident' communities of culture
    5. The dominant discourse denied: community as creation, culture as process
    6. 'Culture' and 'community' as terms of cultural contestation
    7. Conclusion.

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    Gerd Baumann, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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