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Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces

Jones, Hannah; Neal, Sarah; Mohan, Giles; Connell, Kieran; Cochrane, Allan and Bennett, Katy (2015). Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces. Sociological Review, 63(3) pp. 644–661.

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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 café 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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1467-954X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Living multiculture: the new geographies of ethnicity and the changing formations of multiculture in EnglandES/J007676/1ESRC
Keywords: multiculture; cafe spaces; ethnicity; place; conviviality; civil inattention
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)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 43912
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:53
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