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|Title||Living with difference in hyper-diverse areas: how important are encounters in semi-public spaces? Vécu de la différence dans les quartiers hyper-divers : importance des rencontres dans les espaces semi-publics El vivir con lo diferente en zonas excesivamente diversas: ¿cuán importantes son los encuentros en espacios semi-públicos?|
Peterson M.; Living with difference in hyper-diverse areas: how important are encounters in semi-public spaces? Vécu de la différence dans les quartiers hyper-divers : importance des rencontres dans les espaces semi-publics El vivir con lo diferente en zonas excesivamente diversas: ¿cuán importantes son los encuentros en espacios semi-públicos? ;Social and Cultural Geography vol:18.0 issue: 8.0 page:1067.0
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|Abstract||Urban populations increasingly diversify in their socio-economic, cultural, religious and linguistic profiles as well as in their lifestyles, attitudes and activity patterns. This hyper-diversification can complicate feelings of belonging and community. Since diversity is negotiated at the neighbourhood level, micro spaces are central in building communities. Micro spaces tend to be semi-public and stimulate diverse groups to intermingle, which results in on–off as well as repetitive and structural interactions. Understanding the creation and impact of encounters is central to capturing contemporary notions of belonging and living with difference. This paper compares encounters experienced in two semi-public spaces in the hyper-diverse neighbourhood of Feyenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Although encounters at the library were lighter and shorter than at the community-centre, all positively impact collective life in the neighbourhood. At the community-centre, encounters result in light as well as deeper relationships, making visitors feel more at ‘home’ because they recognize others elsewhere in the neighbourhood. At the library, encounters are lighter but visitors become familiar with diversity, making them feel more at ‘home’ and safe in their neighbourhood as well. The study suggests that fleeting encounters require more serious attention within the context of negotiating diversity. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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|In groups organized around a shared ethnicity or culture, the intense encounters between participants facilitate not just new friendships but the development of family-like ties. .||The groups meetings made her and the other women grow closer together as a group; like family. .||Regarding visitors feelings of belonging and home, both the friend-like interactions at the centre and the fleeting encounters at the library result in a heightened sense of familiarity and connectedness with the neighbourhood and others. .||The personal and social bonding attained through light as well as deeper encounters, consequently, makes people feel more at home at the centre and beyond. .||Shared customs, traditions and language provide this emotional bonding factor by letting participants identify with each other more easily. .||As the community-centres atmosphere stimulates engagement, visitors feel somewhat obligated to talk to others. .||As the community-centre encourages the open celebration of diversity - for instance, in the form of festive events - visitors can interact with people whose cultures, traditions or customs are different, giving them the chance to understand and possibly learn to accept these differences. .||Clearly, the library can provide a meeting point for some. .||Notably, the cafe area at the library enables visitors to experience and engage in amicable and meaningful interactions as well. .||This has the additional effect of increased feelings of safety and control in the neighbourhood. .||Policymakers should consider the impacts of library closure has on social interaction, and acknowledge the social value of libraries in addition to their information-providing facilities. .||The restyled community-centre was expected to facilitate deeper forms of interaction. .||Many new-found contacts enrich visitors social networks. .||At the community-centre, encounters result in light as well as deeper relationships, making visitors feel more at home because they recognize others elsewhere in the neighbourhood. .||By participating in the activities and festivities, visitors would supposedly get to know more people living in the surrounding areas and feel more at home in the neighbourhood. .|