Lived diversities: Space, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city is a timely and important book, which focuses on multi-ethnic interaction in an inner city area. Addressing difficult issues that are often simplistically and negatively portrayed it challenges the stereotypical denigration of inner city life, and Muslim communities in particular. Using well-crafted historical, political and contextual explanations the book provides a nuanced account of contemporary multi-ethnic coexistence. This invaluable contribution to our understanding of the politics and practice of multicultural coexistence is a must-read for students and practitioners interested in ethnic diversity, urban policy and the politics of place and space.
Dr.Charles Husband is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a commitment to policy relevant research in the area of ethnic relations. He is Professor Emeritus in Social Analysis at the University of Bradford, Docent in Sociology at the University of Helsinki, and Visiting Professor at the Sami University College, Kautokeino, Norway.
Dr. Yunis Alam is a lecturer in the division of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Bradford. His teaching and research interests include ethnic relations and social cohesion, popular culture, post-colonial literature and ethnographic research.
Dr. Jörg Hüttermann is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Socio-cultural Diversity, Göttingen University. He has worked in recent years as a researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence Research( IKG) at the University of Bielefeld. His research has sought to illuminate the constructive potential of conflict for multi-ethnic societies.
Dr.Joanna Fomina is a researcher and policy analyst. Her research interests include migration and cultural diversity, Polish diaspora in the UK, civic participation of migrants, border management as well as democratisation in Eastern Europe. She has authored a number of articles, research reports and policy papers as well as a book on British multiculturalism.
Bradford and Manningham: historical context and current dynamics;
Walking Manningham: Theorizing the reading of Manningham’s physical terrain: Streetscapes, soundscapes and the semiotics of the physical environment;
Migratory waves and negotiated identities: The polish population of Bradford;
Manningham: Lived Diversity;
The Car, The Streetscape and Inter-ethnic Dynamics;
Conclusion: Recognising Diversity and Planning for Co-existence.
“A fascinating and revealing account of the micro-interactions of life in a contemporary British community. It is a very timely discussion which should help to challenge simplistic stereotypes of multiculturalism ‘failing’, urban decline and interethnic conflict.” Dr Caroline Howarth, LSE
"Successfully explores the concept of co-existence within a contemporary multi-ethnic urban specific space...multiple authors contest deficit discoursesregarding diversity in Britain." Sociological Imagination
"Lived diversities is a suggestive, richly textured study of everyday urban multiculture. Its engagement with issues of conflict, conviviality and banal civility will reward and challenge researchers and practitioners working through the implications of diversity for contemporary conceptions of citizenship." Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol
"Husband et al's fine-grained study provides a necessary and compelling response to the corrosive but durable stereotypes of Bradford that have been circulated over the last years." Dr Gavan Titley, National University of Ireland
“An intelligent and lively contribution to the critique of ‘social cohesion’ discourse in the policy sector. It provides a vivid analysis of local Bradford street life, where cars, buildings and sounds play an integral social, cultural and political role.” Prof John Eade, University of Roehampton