The choreography of everyday multiculture; Bowling together?
|Dates:||23 May 2017|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Humanities|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Emma Jackson|
Join us for this event, which is part of the CoDE Seminar Series.
Speaker: Dr Emma Jackson, Goldsmiths, University of London
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.
Dr Emma Jackson
Organisation: The University of London
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Humanities Bridgeford Street