Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood

Perspectives on Community-Building, Identity and Belonging

Edited by Stephan Ehrig, Britta C. Jung, and Gad Schaffer

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Practices of community-building in a globalised context

Urban neighbourhoods have come to occupy the public imagination as a litmus test of migration, with some areas hailed as multicultural success stories while others are framed as ghettos. In an attempt to break down this dichotomy, Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood filters these debates through the lenses of geography, anthropology, and literary and cultural studies. By establishing the interdisciplinary concept of the 'transnational neighbourhood', it presents these localities – whether Clichy-sous-Bois, Belfast, El Segundo Barrio or Williamsburg – as densely packed contact zones where disparate cultures meet in often highly asymmetrical relations, producing a constantly shifting local and cultural knowledge about identity, belonging, and familiarity.

Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood offers a pivotal response to one of the key questions of our time: How do people create a sense of community within an exceedingly globalised context? By focusing on the neighbourhood as a central space of transcultural everyday experience within three different levels of discourse (i.e., the virtual, the physical local, and the transnational-global), the multidisciplinary contributions explore bottom-up practices of community-building alongside cultural, social, economic, and historical barriers.

Contributors: Christina Horvath (University of Bath), Maria Roca Lizarazu (NUI Galway), Emilio Maceda Rodriguez (Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala), Naomi Wells (IMLR, University of London), Anne Fuchs (University College Dublin), Gad Schaffer (Tel-Hai Academic College), Daniela Bohórquez Sheinin (University of Michigan), Anna Marta Marini (Universidad de Alcalá), Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR, University of London), Britta C. Jung (Maynooth University), Emma Crowley (University of Bristol), Mary Mazzilli (University of Essex)

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Acknowledgements 

Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood: An Introduction 
Stephan Ehrig, Britta C. Jung and Gad Schaffer

Challenging Accusations of Separatism: Transnational Neighbourhood and Vernacular Cosmopolitanism in Insa Sané’s Comédie urbaine (2006–2017) 
Christina Horvath

SECTION I VIRTUAL NEIGHBOURHOODS

“We will be ephemeral”: Encounter, Community and Unsettled Cosmopolitanism in Senthuran Varatharajah’s Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen (2016) 
Maria Roca Lizarazu

All Saints Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC: From Religious Space to Transnational Territory of Multiterritorial Mexican Immigrants 
Emilio Maceda Rodríguez

Networking and Representing the Transnational Neighbourhood Online: The Linguistic Landscapes of Latin Americans in London’s Seven Sisters 
Naomi Wells

SECTION II OVERLAPPING NEIGHBOURHOODS

The Translocalisation of Place: Sectarian Neighbourhoods, Boundaries and Transgressive Practices in Anna Burns’ Belfast 
Anne Fuchs

The Quiet Unification of a Divided City: Jerusalem’s Train-Track Park 
Gad Schaffer

Ruins and Representation: Remembering Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City 
Daniela Bohórquez Sheinin

The Materiality of the Wall(s): Mural Art and Counterspace Appropriation in El Paso’s Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio 
Anna Marta Marini

SECTION III NEGOTIATING STRANGENESS AND MOBILE NEIGHBOURHOODS

Transnational Neighbourhoods in Barbara Honigmann’s Das überirdische Licht (2008) and Chronik meiner Straße (2016) 
Godela Weiss-Sussex

Territories of Otherness: Genoa’s Prè Neighbourhood as a Deviant Terrain and Exotic Counterspace in Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer’s La Superba (2013) 
Britta C. Jung

“Your Allah can’t see you here”: Moscow’s Subterranean Spaces and Dissimulated Life in Svetlana Alexievich’s Vremya sekond khend (2013) 
Emma Crowley

Transnational Neighbourhood and Theatrical Practices: The Concept of Home, Negotiating Strangeness and Familiarity, and the Experience of Migrant Communities in North Essex 
Mary Mazzilli

About the Authors

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 15 mm

340 pages

Colour images

ISBN: 9789462703483

Publication: October 13, 2022

Languages: English

Stock item number: 149902

Britta C. Jung is Lecturer in German at Maynooth University.
Gad Schaffer is Lecturer in Geography at Tel-Hai Academic College.
Stephan Ehrig is Lecturer in German at the University of Glasgow.