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Contesting Culture Discourses of Identity in Multi-Ethnic London

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ISBN-10: 052155554X

ISBN-13: 9780521555548

Edition: 1996

Authors: Gerd Baumann, Meyer Fortes, Jack Goody, Edmund Leach, Stanley Tambiah

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: the proceeds of research
The argument
A shared Southall culture?
The dominant discourse applied: 'self-evident' communities of culture
The dominant discourse denied: community as creation, culture as process
'Culture' and 'community' as terms of cultural contestation