The making and unmaking of an urban diaspora: The role of the physical environment and materialities in belongingness, displacement and mobilisation in Toxteth, Liverpool



Vathi, Zana ORCID: 0000-0002-9091-8637 and Burrell, Kathy ORCID: 0000-0001-5961-235X
(2021) The making and unmaking of an urban diaspora: The role of the physical environment and materialities in belongingness, displacement and mobilisation in Toxteth, Liverpool. Urban Studies, 58 (6). 1211 - 1228.

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Abstract

<jats:p> Focusing on Toxteth – a distinct and ethnically diverse locality in Liverpool, UK – this article explores the (un)making and re-making of diasporic space in different guises by urban diverse communities and the material aspects or fallouts of this for place and identity. Based on extensive ethnographic research, it shows how a series of localised developments – a history of external marginalisation, an urban trauma of rioting, a protracted experience of eviction, various programmes of regeneration and localised responses to all these – are all inscribed in the physical, as well as cognitive, landscape of the area, both co-creating the boundaries of place, as well as periodically resisting them. The article suggests that this focus on the physical – the material infrastructures of the area – is especially important in understanding how marginalised urban communities are affected by, and galvanise in response to, change. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 09:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2021 01:10
DOI: 10.1177/0042098020909079
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3074356

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