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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: April 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521555548

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  • In a vivid, ethnographic account of immigrant groups living in West London, Gerd Baumann breaks with the conventional discourse of community studies to explore their mutual interaction. By treating Southall--the most densely populated, multi-ethnic ghetto in the London area--as a social field, he considers how people from different backgrounds come to terms with one another and with the dominant, host culture, while at the same time affirming their own ethnic distinctiveness.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...provides an important...view of identity formation, stressing its instrumental function over other aspects of identity production and negotiation." Kathleen Hall, Religious Studies Review

    "...this book provides one of the better starting points for discussions of ethnicity in contemporary Europe." David Beriss, H-Net Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521555548
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.385kg
    • 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.

  • Author

    Gerd Baumann, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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