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‘Where is the global city?’: visual narratives of London among East European migrants

Datta, Ayona (2012) ‘Where is the global city?’: visual narratives of London among East European migrants. Urban Studies, 49 (8). pp. 1725-1740. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0042098011417906


Based on research conducted with men arriving from Eastern Europe in London after expansion of EU in 2004, this article examines how migrants’ narratives of the city construct a counter-discourse to a ‘global’ London. I argue that the use of ‘visual narratives’– a combination of participant directed photography and semi-structured interviews as a methodology, allows for the exploration of embodied and material aspects of everyday lives in the city, which destabilise traditional urban pictorial approaches to the city. Such narratives of participants’ embodied movements through London relocate the observer as the everyday mobile-subject; they highlight the connections between urban and transnational mobilities; and they present participants’ constructions of different kinds of affective spaces in the city where they begin to negotiate home, belonging and return.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Cities
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2011 09:50
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:23

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