After the Cosmopolitan? Multicultural Cities and the Future by Michael Keith

By Michael Keith

After the Cosmopolitan? argues that either racial divisions and intercultural discussion can simply be understood within the context of the urbanism in which they're learned. all of the key debates in cultural thought and concrete reports are lined 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 accurately make feel of the altering nature of latest metropolitan life.Authoritative and informative, this publication might be of curiosity to complex undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers of anthropology, cultural stories, geography, politics and sociology. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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62 Differences and similarities in the histories of articulation of cities structure the specificities of thinking about the racialised urban even as they reinforce the analytical power of the categories themselves. But the purpose of this chapter is not, in the spirit of comparative sociology, to typologise geographies of city thinking and their cognate ideologies of city planning. It is rather to suggest that beginning to understand the genealogy of vocabularies of the urban alongside the spatially concrete forms of race formation provides an alternative perspective on ways of thinking about race and the city.

2 cannot fail to notice the resemblance to much ‘commonsense’ discussion of racial caricature. 38 Absence can be as powerful a racialising force as presence. Racism at times works by a process of substitution, a coding of phrases and terms which conveys racist meaning without specific reference to explicitly racist beliefs. The urban renaissance currently promoted in the United Kingdom needs to look closely at its constituent parts as closely as the glibly multicultural globe celebrated by the new Mayor of London.

The simultaneously real and imaginary nature of the social life of cities demands that we think carefully about the manner in which the cultural traces of thinking about the cosmopolitan present owes much to techniques of governing, mapping and categorising populations that draw on ostensibly objective (but deeply value-loaded) lexicons of race and urbanism. If we take seriously the deep cultural roots of these structures of sensibility we might also think seriously about their impact, not so much to validate the polarities of opposition on which they hinge, but more to acknowledge the deeply implicated binary thinking that they invoke.

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