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‘Where is the global city?’: visual narratives of London among East European migrants

By Ayona Datta


Based on research conducted with men arriving from Eastern Europe in London after expansion of EU in 2004, this article examines how migrants’ narratives of the city construct a counter-discourse to a ‘global’ London. I argue that the use of ‘visual narratives’– a combination of participant directed photography and semi-structured interviews as a methodology, allows for the exploration of embodied and material aspects of everyday lives in the city, which destabilise traditional urban pictorial approaches to the city. Such narratives of participants’ embodied movements through London relocate the observer as the everyday mobile-subject; they highlight the connections between urban and transnational mobilities; and they present participants’ constructions of different kinds of affective spaces in the city where they begin to negotiate home, belonging and return

Topics: G Geography (General), HM Sociology, JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0042098011417906
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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