Diversities Old and New: Migration and Socio-Spatial by S. Vertovec

By S. Vertovec

Diversities previous and New presents comparative analyses of latest city styles that come up lower than stipulations of quick, migration-driven diversification, together with ameliorations of social different types, social family members and public areas. Ethnographic findings in neighbourhoods of recent York, Singapore and Johannesburg are provided.

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The local Catholic Church of Most Precious Blood has a more welcoming attitude: it offers services in Croatian, Filipino and English. Another Catholic Church, St. Josephs, offers ministry in Spanish to cater to the growing Hispanic community in the neighbourhood. Old and new diversity is visible in the streets of Astoria, where dress codes come from various continents, and the smells of food from different cultures permeate the air. 2). Organizing diversity In public spaces of the super-diverse neighbourhood of Astoria, people’s behaviour is organized by several cultural schemas.

As gentrification proceeds, conflicts over the double standards for control and enforcement are likely to flare up. Surveillance of a different sort is conducted by local Astoria residents who keep a watchful eye on the comings and goings of their neighbours, including new neighbours – gentrifiers and immigrants – who may chafe under this informal surveillance. This eyes-on-the-street observation is conducted from stoops, windows, as well as street and park benches, and was described in the classic text by Jane Jacobs (1961).

Eventually, neighbourhood composition can change to such an extent that the need for surveillance and policing disappears because most users detrimental to property values have been geographically displaced (Shepard and Smithsimon 2011). The dominant, government-backed discourse around change naturalizes it and removes focus from the powerful elites who benefit from the development of land and real estate (Smith 1996). Contours of control A discussion of gentrification and the hegemonic schemata that shape residents’ understandings of why and how change happens leads naturally to the topic of control of public space.

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