By Susanne Wessendorf
Drawing on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, Wessendorf explores lifestyles in a super-diverse city neighbourhood. The ebook offers a bright account of the day-by-day doings and social kinfolk one of the citizens and the way they pragmatically negotiate distinction of their daily lives.
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In Hackney, such resentment about the perceived unfairness of housing allocation exists too, and it is felt towards more broadly deﬁned newcomers rather than a speciﬁc group. This is also due to the absence of the kind of housing segregation seen in other areas of the UK such as Bradford, Oldham or Tower Hamlets. In these areas, a combination of factors led to tensions. , 2006; Kundnani, 2001). In places like Tower From Multiculturalism to Diversity 35 Hamlets, this was coupled with the allocation of housing according to need.
These studies differ from the research presented in this book because they have looked at these tensions through an ‘ethnic lens’. In their study on two multi-ethnic neighbourhoods in Manchester and North London, Hudson et al. , 2007:110). In Hackney, such resentment about the perceived unfairness of housing allocation exists too, and it is felt towards more broadly deﬁned newcomers rather than a speciﬁc group. This is also due to the absence of the kind of housing segregation seen in other areas of the UK such as Bradford, Oldham or Tower Hamlets.
Rather, a super-diverse context is characterized by a variety of social groupings with different histories of stratiﬁcation, education, religious afﬁliations, etc. For example, among ﬁrst-generation Turkish immigrants, there are various social milieus which are differentiated by educational background, religious and political afﬁliation. Some of the ﬁrst-generation Turks have built alliances with Kurds on the basis of their political orientation and have thus formed a social milieu which crosses ethnic origin.