Contextualised convivialities in superdiverse neighbourhoods – methodological approaches informed by urban design

VODICKA, Goran and RISHBETH, Clare (2022). Contextualised convivialities in superdiverse neighbourhoods – methodological approaches informed by urban design. Journal of Intercultural Studies.

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his paper positions questions of conviviality as situational as well as relational, and describes and reflects on methods which give due precedence to different spatial scales, materialities and timeframes. In this urban design research project our central question focused on the affordances and value of different local outdoor public spaces for supporting conviviality in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood in Sheffield UK. This neighbourhood had become known for tensions, played out in outdoor public spaces, resulting in part from social dynamics between more recent arrivals and relatively settled communities. We built trust by embedding responsiveness and shared benefit as key ethical commitments in our practice alongside learning about spatial and temporal dimensions of encounter across difference. Building on our urban design professional skills relating to place enquiry and understanding, we tested walking, photography, drawing, making and mapping methods including collaborating with local groups. These allowed us to develop theoretical understandings of conviviality as a pluralistic construct, fundamentally informed, shaped and responsive to the complexities of context – including socio-economic place-based histories, physical environments and ongoing social negotiations.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 16 Studies in Human Society; 20 Language, Communication and Culture; Sociology
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 12:52
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 11:41

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