CoDE Seminar- Emma Jackson
|Dates:||20 February 2018|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Join us for this event, which is part of the CoDE Seminar Series.
Emma Jackson is an urban sociologist and ethnographer at Goldsmiths University of London. Emma will be speaking on 'The choreography of everyday multiculture; Bowling together?'.
Bowling has been used as both a bellwether and a metaphor for society. Most famously, a decline in participation in bowling leagues is used by Putnam (2000) to suggest a decline in American community. However, I challenge this thesis from within bowling itself. Firstly, through an examination of the classed and racialised history of bowling in the USA, I argue that the use of bowling as shorthand for ‘good community’ obscures histories of exclusion and co-option. Secondly, through an ethnographic study of a contemporary London bowling alley, I argue that this site can offer important insights into modes of sharing urban space and forms of participation that depart from accounts of community based on formal bridging activities that Putnam idealises. The talk thus reorients a discussion of community participation towards a focus on practices of belonging and mundane embodied and material practices of conviviality.
- This is a free event and open to all- no registration required.
Organisation: Goldsmiths, University of London
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