Urban Ethnic Encounters
The Spatial Consequences
Edited by Freek Colombijn, Aygen Erdentug
Routledge – 2002 – 272 pages
Urban Ehtnic Encounters attempts to answer the two leading questions of how urban space structures the life of ethnic groups and how ethnic diversity helps to shape urban space. A multidisciplinary team of authors searches the various dimensions of the spatial organization of inter-ethnic relations in cities and countries around the globe. Unlike most ethnographies in which authors write about the 'other' in faraway places, the majority of the contributors have studied their own society.
The case studies are from four different continents. Material is presented from diverse locations such as the cities of Toronto, Philadelphia, Vienna, Beirut, Jakarta, Tehran, Osaka and Albuquerque, and the countries of Israel, Brazil and Taiwan, presents a unique opportunity for comparative analysis of ethnicity and spatial patterns. From this wealth of material important inter-cultural conclusions can be made about urban ethnic diversity.
'This is a fascinating and timely book' - Peter Somerville, University of lincolnshire and Humberside
'…this book deals effectively with complexity of globalization, identity and places of global encounter through a well-structured organization of the text into three spatial levels…The variety of methods and empirical evidence enrich the volume.' - Urban Morphology, April 2003
Part 1: The Macro Level Analysis of Urban Ethnic Encounters: Enclaves and hte Zones of the Cities
Part 2: The Meso Level Analysis of Urban Ethnic Encounters: The Neighbourhoods of the Cities
Part 3: The Micro Level Analysis of Urban Ethnic Encounters: The Streets and the Squares of the Cities
Aygen Erdentug is associate professor at the Department of Political Science, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Freek Colombijn is a lecturer at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania, Leiden University, The Netherlands.