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It’s a two-way thing: symbolic boundaries and convivial practices in changing neighbourhoods in London and Tshwane

Wessendorf, Susanne ORCID: 0000-0002-0932-6635 and Monson, Tamlyn (2023) It’s a two-way thing: symbolic boundaries and convivial practices in changing neighbourhoods in London and Tshwane. International Inequalities Institute Working Papers (86). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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While there is a considerable body of literature on symbolic boundaries that engages with long-established/newcomer configurations, work on conviviality has only rarely taken this angle, despite its general focus on contexts of immigration-related diversity. This article connects these literatures by examining insider-outsider configurations between long-established residents and newcomers in two very different contexts of rapid demographic change, where the established population is already marginalised and feels further threatened by newcomers. Drawing on ethnographic research in Newham, United Kingdom, and Mshongo, South Africa, we advance debates on conviviality by revealing how perceptions of inequality, lack of civility, and lack of reciprocity shape symbolic boundaries against newcomers, which may in turn be softened by convivial practices. We also consider what the differences between the sites might reveal about the enabling conditions for conviviality in such neighbourhoods.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 15:33
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 14:12

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