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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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Heidi Hoefinger, PhD., is a Professor in the Science Department at Berkeley College, New York City, where she teaches courses on Human Sexuality, Drugs, and Addiction. She also lectures on Sex and Culture through the Anthropology Department at John Jay College, City University of New York, as well as Gender and Sexuality Studies through the Institute of South East Asian Affairs, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Heidi earned a PhD in Social Sciences and Media Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Angela McRobbie. Her fieldwork was based on nearly a decade of longitudinal ethnographic research on heterosexual transnational relationships within the hostess bar scene in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her dissertation won the 2013 ‘Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade in the Social Sciences’ granted by the International Convention of Asia Scholars. The research has since been published in a booked titled Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia: Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships (Routledge, 2013). She has also published articles in Cultural Studies, Teaching Anthropology, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, as well as in the Phnom Penh Post, Southeast Asia Globe Magazine, and Hysteria – A Feminist Periodical.

As a consultant ethnographer on the European Research Council project titled ‘Post-Migrant Socialities: Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe’ she has engaged in over 10 months of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork within the LGBTQ British-‘Asian’ dance club scene in London, with particular attention paid to the intersections of ethnicity, race, sexuality, sociality and urban...

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