Everyday aesthetics, locality and racialisation

Smith, A. , Byrne, B., Garratt, L. and Harries, B. (2021) Everyday aesthetics, locality and racialisation. Cultural Sociology, 15(1), pp. 91-112. (doi: 10.1177/1749975520949422)

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In this essay we reflect on the relationship between aesthetic practices and racialised conceptions of belonging. In particular, we explore attributions of beauty and ugliness, order and disorder, as these are made in relation to local space, and we consider how these attributions can be linked to proprietorial claims about who is welcome in those spaces. Our focus is thus on the everyday aesthetics of location: the ways in which aesthetic judgements are tied to the inhabitation of space and, in this case, the exclusionary potential of ‘ways of looking’ at such spaces and at the social relations which exist within them. Drawing on data from qualitative research in two adjoining neighbourhoods in Glasgow’s Southside, we make three analytical contributions. First, we consider the racialising potential of everyday aesthetic responses to local space. Second, we explore the ways in which local social relations themselves can be aesthetically interpreted. Third, we reflect on forms of everyday aesthetic resistance.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Garratt, Dr Lindsey and Smith, Professor Andrew
Authors: Smith, A., Byrne, B., Garratt, L., and Harries, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Cultural Sociology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1749-9763
Published Online:18 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Cultural Sociology 15(1): 91-112
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
167861Understanding the changes in ethnic relations: understanding the dynamics of ethnicity, identity and inequality in the uk - Project Ref: -R115655Satnam VirdeeEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K002198/1S&PS - Sociology