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Complex belongings: racialization and migration in a small English city

Erel, Umut (2011). Complex belongings: racialization and migration in a small English city. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(12) pp. 2048–2068.

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The article explores how long-term residents in a small city with rural links in the East of England related to new migrants at a time of changing patterns and increased volume of migration. Based on in-depth interviews and observations in 2005–6, the article shows dynamic, complex, and nuanced constructions of belonging and governmentalities of belonging. Long-term Peterborians felt proud that their city attracted migrants and became more multicultural. Many saw this as a normative aspect of being modern. Yet, the arrival of migrants also led to tensions and re-inscribed the racialization of Peterborough's ethnic minorities, articulated through the theme of neighbourliness. Through the figures of ‘uncaring migrant neighbours’ and ‘ruthless Pakistani landlords’, migrants and ethnic minority Peterborians were portrayed as refusing injunctions to care for the neighbourhood and the nation. Ethnic minority Peterborians were positioned ambivalently as hosts of and – at times – targets of racism by new migrants.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1466-4356
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetJoseph Rowntree Foundation
Keywords: governmentality of belonging; migration; neighbourliness; racialization; rural; urban
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30399
Depositing User: Umut Erel
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 16:42
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:52
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