Launching her new book, Suzi Hall asks how we can learn from a multicultural society if we don’t know how to recognise it? The contemporary city is more than ever a space for the intense convergence of diverse individuals who shift in and out of its urban terrains. The city street is perhaps the most prosaic of the city’s public parts, allowing us a view of the very ordinary practices of life and livelihoods. By attending to the expressions of conviviality and contestation, ‘City, Street and Citizen’ offers an alternative notion of ‘multiculturalism’ away from the ideological frame of nation, and away from the moral imperative of community. Through her subtle observations, Hall gives a powerful account of the lived realities of allegiance, participation and belonging from the base of Walworth Road, a multi-ethnic street in south London.
Listen now to a recording of Suzi Hall’s book launch.
Suzanne Hall (April 2012) City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary, London: Routledge
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