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Living Multiculture

The new geographies of ethnicity and the changing formations of multiculture in England

Project outline

Living Multiculture: the new geographies of ethnicity and the changing formations of multiculture in England is a two-year research project that explores the changing social and geographic dimensions of contemporary multiculture in urban England.

With a focus on the ordinary encounters of increasingly diverse populations in everyday locations the project asks two key questions: how do people live cultural difference, and what role does place play in this process? It is examines the way in which ethnically complex populations routinely interact in convivial and competent ways. Exploring the dynamics and limits of this competency - and its relationship to places that have long and short histories of multiculture - is at the heart of the research.

This website provides more information about the project including the research aims and questions, our research methods, updates on events and publications, and details about who is involved.

Project details

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (the main government body for funding social science research in the UK) and began in July 2012. The project team is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, and the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester. The team members all have complementary knowledge, expertise and experience of researching in the areas of community, diversity, migration, identity, belonging, place and geography.

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The Living Multiculture: the new geographies of ethnic diversity and the changing formations of multiculture in England project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC ES/J007676/1).