Entanglements of race and migration in the (open) city: Analytical and normative tensions of the sociological imagination

Michael Keith*, Susannah Cramer-Greenbaum, Karim Murji, Steve Pile, John Solomos, Edanur Yazici, Ying Wang

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Abstract

This article considers the interface of taxonomies of race and migration crystallised through the materialities of the contemporary city in the shadow of the 7th anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. It draws on multi-method empirical research that interrogates the notion of the open city. The article proposes that ‘entanglement’ and ‘contaminations’ of material and cultural formations confound some claims made in the name of the good city, recognising what Marilyn Strathern might describe as the recursive ‘contamination’ of normative and empirical evidence. The article argues that it is imperative to excavate the normative domain of the empirical, and curate the empirical realisation of the normative, in rethinking a truly global sociological imagination. It concludes by suggesting that one way of approaching this is through a more forensic understanding of what is taken as ‘evidence’ in social sciences that should inform an interdisciplinary urban studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Sociological Review
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Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2024

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