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Picturing difference: juxtaposition, collage and layering of a multiethnic street

Hall, Suzanne ORCID: 0000-0002-0660-648X (2010) Picturing difference: juxtaposition, collage and layering of a multiethnic street. Anthropology Matters, 12 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1758-6453

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My research is an ethnographic exploration of how cultural and ethnic diversity manifests through regular, face-to-face social contact on the Walworth Road in South London. My focus is the small independent shops along the mile length of this multi-ethnic street and the social and spatial interactions between proprietors and customers within them. While absorbed in an ethnography of everyday life, I searched for ways of understanding the layers of place, time and experience that make this street. As an architect, I had a fascination for how urban space is designed and appropriated, and a predilection for a visual reading of the city. As an inexperienced ethnographer, I had to learn about a much slower process of looking; making time to sit, listen and talk. My research methodology has been influenced by a combination of architectural and ethnographic approaches to how individuals appropriate and re-constitute urban space in the habitual rhythm of their day-to-day lives. In this paper I expand on my ethnographic process of exploring difference through pictures made during fieldwork. I use juxtaposition, collage and layering as both illustrative forms and analytic methods for observing and representing difference.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:09

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