Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood: Perspectives on Community-Building, Identity and Belonging

Ehrig, S. , Jung, B. C. and Schaffer, G. (Eds.) (2022) Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood: Perspectives on Community-Building, Identity and Belonging. Leuven University Press: Leuven. ISBN 9789462703483

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Urban neighbourhoods have come to occupy the public imagination as a litmus test of migration, with some areas hailed as multicultural success stories while others are framed as ghettos. In an attempt to break down this dichotomy, Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood filters these debates through the lenses of geography, anthropology, and literary and cultural studies. By establishing the interdisciplinary concept of the 'transnational neighbourhood', it presents these localities – whether Clichy-sous-Bois, Belfast, El Segundo Barrio or Williamsburg – as densely packed contact zones where disparate cultures meet in often highly asymmetrical relations, producing a constantly shifting local and cultural knowledge about identity, belonging, and familiarity. Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood offers a pivotal response to one of the key questions of our time: How do people create a sense of community within an exceedingly globalised context? By focusing on the neighbourhood as a central space of transcultural everyday experience within three different levels of discourse (i.e., the virtual, the physical local, and the transnational-global), the multidisciplinary contributions explore bottom-up practices of community-building alongside cultural, social, economic, and historical barriers.

Item Type:Edited Books
Additional Information:Published with the support of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, the Irish Research Council under grant numbers GOIPD/2018/61 and GOIPD/2017/803, as well as the UCD Humanities Institute and the IMLR, University of London.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ehrig, Dr Stephan
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:Leuven University Press
Publisher:Leuven University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Stephan Ehrig, Britta C. Jung, and Gad Schaffer
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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