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Postmigrant Club Cultures in Urban Europe

Edited By Kira Kosnick

How do young people with migration backgrounds take part in and shape urban leisure socialities in European cities? Presenting results of a long-term ethnographic research project carried out in ethnic club scenes in Paris, London and Berlin, this book challenges assumptions about migrant community dynamics and ethnic segregation. Examining both heteronormative and «queer» scenes, the contributors to this volume give insights into how clubbing socialities are related to the wider life contexts of different postmigrant groups and the challenges they face in metropolitan centres. Far from simply celebrating ethnic community, British Asian, German Turkish and French Caribbean club scenes respond to intersecting dynamics of racism, gentrification, sexism, homophobia and class stratification.
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‘Moving on up?’ Navigating Through Urban Nightlife as a ‘Racialised’ Body: The Case of the Young British Asian in London

← 34 | 35 → Harpreet Kaur Cholia


…then we were given the occasion to confront the white gaze. An unusual weight descended on us. The real world robbed us of our share. … The image of one’s body is solely negating. It’s an image in the third person. All around the body reigns an atmosphere of certain uncertainty. (…) it creates a genuine dialectic between my body and the world (Fanon 2008:90-91)


In this first decade of the millennium, the UK has witnessed a change of government and is facing extreme austerity measures, the effects of the continual ‘financial crisis’. Income levels are an important consideration in leisure consumption in the city, particularly in a time when the disparity of incomes dictates what one can choose to do (or not) in one’s free time. With young British Asians climbing the social ladder, educational success, entering the labour market highly qualified and having high earning potential allows many British Asians to gain access to more ‘affluent’ locations and spaces in their leisure time. However, issues of access, processes of racism and questions of how racialised minorities are able (or not) to stake a claim in this specific spatial arena come to the fore. Therefore, the connection between racialised subjects and processes of racialisation in an urban context becomes a pressing and much-needed topic of investigation.

Robert Miles, one of the first scholars to develop the concept of racialisation, also acknowledges that the racial meanings within processes of racialisation are not static, remain...

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