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Encountering Difference


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Framing the question: a preamble 1. Shaping the tools: three concepts 2. Exploring difference: early interactions 3. Locating identity formation: contact zones 4. Expressing merged identities: music 5. Celebrating and resisting: carnival 6. Constructing heritage 7. Marking identities: the cultural politics of multiple loyalties 8. Encountering difference: a conclusion

About the Author

Robin Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Principal Investigator on the Oxford Diasporas Programme and Former Director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford Olivia Sheringham is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London and Research Officer at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford


"This is one of those rare books which is both erudite, eloquent and existentially engaging. The authors embark on a journey through culturally variegated landscapes, addressing the human condition and the contemporary world as they go along, asking how people are able to live with diversity; and they generously invite the reader to take part in this conversation, which is so crucial for the future of humanity on this shrinking planet of ours." Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo "This book offers a fresh perspective in shifting the focus from human conflict to how people 'make a life together'. To navigate the difficult terrain of a diverse world, it provides readers with a pair of carefully articulated concepts as guiding lights: while diaspora looks backwards to shared heritage and homeland, creolization gives weight to the forward-looking, creative energies inherent in culture contact." Brenda S. A. Yeoh, National University of Singapore "With exceptional range of coverage and strong conceptual engagement, alongside a peppering of informative photographs, this book offers something for research, teaching, and general reading alike. [ ] an important launchpad for rethinking how we approach the challenging topic of living with, in, despite, and through difference in divided times." Geography "This book is a delightful read. It succeeds because it grounds empirically rich case studies in a well thought-out theoretical framework, moving beyond bland and uninspiring liberal nostrums that 'all cultures matter'. The volume demonstrates that understanding cultural encounters necessitates more than simply acknowledging differences, but requires delving into how coexisting identities complement rather than contradict one another." Barney Warf, Social & Cultural Geography

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