Nihilism and urban multiculture in outer East London

James, Malcolm (2015) Nihilism and urban multiculture in outer East London. Sociological Review, 63 (3). pp. 699-719. ISSN 0038-0261

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Abstract

This paper discusses nihilism as it relates to contemporary urban multiculture in outer East London. It addresses how contemporary discourses on, and performances of, nihilism signal shifts in the constitution of urban multiculture. Attention is paid to acts of anti-sociability (and sociability) for what they reveal about contemporary urban re-arrangement, and in particular the re-formation of urban multiculture in a moment defined by globalisation, virtual communication, ethnic diversity and neoliberal marginalisation. Through addressing discourses on, and performances of, nihilism the overall argument of the paper is for a renewal of the terms on which we understand and engage with urban multiculture, and for an appreciation of how relations between class, race and culture have shifted since key texts on the subject were published.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Malcolm James
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 08:13
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 15:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59767

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