By Michael Keith
After the Cosmopolitan? argues that either racial divisions and intercultural discussion can in basic terms be understood within the context of the urbanism wherein they're discovered. the entire key debates in cultural conception and concrete reports are coated in detail:the progress of cultural industries and the promoting of citiessocial exclusion and violencethe nature of the ghettothe cross-disciplinary conceptualization of cultural hybriditythe politics of third-way social coverage. In contemplating the ways that race is performed out within the world's most outstanding towns, Michael Keith shows that neither the utopian naiveté of a few invocations of cosmopolitan democracy, nor the pessimism of multicultural hell can properly make feel of the altering nature of latest metropolitan life.Authoritative and informative, this publication can be of curiosity to complex undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers of anthropology, cultural reviews, geography, politics and sociology. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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5 Across the city6 the received wisdom of nostrums of globalisation has created for the twenty-first century a celebration of cultural diversity. The ‘regeneration’ of cultural quarters and ‘ethnic’ enclaves has become part of the mainstream rhetoric of projects promoting urban transformation. At first glance this may appear a welcome change from the whitening waves of gentrification in the 1970s and 1980s property booms on both sides of the Atlantic. But it was not for nothing that black civil rights groups in 1960s America proclaimed that ‘urban renewal = nigger removal’, and so it is perhaps important to greet the meeting of global capitalism with niche-marketed multiculturalism with a degree of caution, as this particular postcolonial encounter begins to reshape the cities of the twenty-first century.
In this sense the sign of the cosmopolitan shelters many different shades of meaning. In its most banal articulation it speaks to the straightforward empirical diversity of routes of arrival and roots of origin of the populations of today’s major cities. At another level of description it points towards a different way of seeing the city, an acknowledgement of the heterogeneity of contemporary social reality, a recognition of the uncertainties of identity and the uneven inscriptions of gender, sexuality, class and faith on the social body.
Such a stance might take as its starting point the possibility of combining the rigorous empirical exploration of the forms of racialised newness that come into the world through the continuously mutating urban landscape, alongside a more rigorous scepticism about the plurality of representational practices that are used to capture such diversity in print and in film. 32 The mirage at the heart of the myth? Towards some exemplary thinking: technology, landscape and character It is possible to argue that the strength of urban studies is the logical corollary of its weakness.