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Settling in a Global City: Transnational Practices and Cosmopolitan Openness in Sociality Patterns

Title
Settling in a Global City: Transnational Practices and Cosmopolitan Openness in Sociality Patterns
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Elisavet Tapini # Middlesex University; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
1st Mar 2017 11:00 - 1st Mar 2017 12:00
Location
1st Floor Practice Suite (CMB 1.12)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2016_2017/settling_in_a_global_city_transnational_practices_and_cosmopolitan_openness_in_sociality_patterns

This seminar focuses on highly-skilled migrants from various EU countries, who have settled in London. It aims to examine the intersection between transnational practices and cosmopolitan attitudes in their sociality patterns. London is frequently described as a cosmopolitan city; nevertheless, not everyone engages with difference beyond casual social interactions. Using semi-structured interviews and a visual interactive map, I looked at how skilled migrants negotiate multiple identities through their sociality patterns. Participants manifest their embeddedness to the city, referring to themselves as Londoners and by choosing to form close social ties with culturally dissimilar others. Still, they find it easier to connect to migrants from neighbouring home countries. This provides some form or rootedness in the age of mobility, beyond the boundary of national identity. Transnational bonds are maintained in the form of family ties and pre-migration friendships.

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