Cosmopolitanism, Geographical Imaginaries and Belonging in North London

R Devadason

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Cosmopolitanism has been described as the cultural habitus of globalisation. It is therefore, albeit defined somewhat loosely, often associated with ethnically diverse, global cities. This paper considers the extent to which London engenders cosmopolitan values amongst its residents. It draws on survey data from the LOCAL MULTIDEM study of minorities’ political participation to address these themes. The analysis examines perceptions of respect, belonging and geographical imaginaries—amongst established minorities and the ethnic majority—in north London. It is argued that cosmopolitan ethics are transformative and dialectical and, critically, cannot remain the preserve of the privileged in multi-ethnic neighbourhoods. The analysis presented demonstrates that a sense of belonging and cosmopolitan imaginaries are not evenly accessed by different ethnic groups; notably, that Bangladeshi Londoners who are born and bred in the city are less likely to appropriate these discourses than Caribbean, Indian or White residents.
Translated title of the contributionCosmopolitanism, Geographical Imaginaries and Belonging in North London
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2945 - 2963
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Publisher: Sage
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