The Sylheti bari and the Londoni flat

Zeitlyn, Benjamin (2012) The Sylheti bari and the Londoni flat. Space and Culture, 15 (4). pp. 317-329. ISSN 1552-8308

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This article examines the ways in which migration from rural homesteads in Sylhet, Bangladesh, to urban flats in London has affected the practices of British Bangladeshi families around gender and childhood. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu on the “Kabyle house,” I describe relations between the spatial arrangement of homes and practices. Analyzing the “Sylheti bari” (rural homestead) and contrasting it with the “Londoni (British Bangladeshi) flat,” I describe the significance of the way in which ideas of “inside” and “outside” have translated from one setting to another. I will show how the translation of these ideas to the urban landscape in London affects British Bangladeshi practices surrounding headscarf wearing, children’s play, and socializing, as well as attitudes toward school and language.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: British Bangladeshis, London, Bourdieu, home, belonging, socialization, children
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Benjamin Zeitlyn
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 10:55
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 10:05
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