Nigerian London: re-mapping space and ethnicity in superdiverse cities

Knowles, Caroline. 2013. Nigerian London: re-mapping space and ethnicity in superdiverse cities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(4), pp. 651-669. ISSN 0141-9870 [Article]

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This paper explores the idea of ‘superdiversity’ at the city level through two churches with different approaches to architectural visibility: the hypervisible Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and the invisible Igbo Catholic Church, both in North London, guide our exploration of invisible Nigerian London. Although Nigerians have lived in London for over 200 years, they live beneath the radar of policy and public recognition rather than as a vital and visible element of superdiversity. This paper argues that we can trace the journeys composing Nigerian London in the deep textures of the city thus making it visible, but this involves re-mapping space and ethnicity. It argues that visibility is vital in generating more open forms of urban encounter and, ultimately, citizenship.

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06 Jun 2013 16:34

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