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Cosmopolitan encounters: highly skilled Latvians in London problematise ethnicity and ‘Eastern Europeanness’

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posted on 24.01.2020 by Aija Lulle
In this paper I analyse the cosmopolitan aspirations of highly skilled Latvian migrants residing in London. In particular, I explore the nuanced modalities of ethnicity and ‘Eastern Europeanness’ and how these inform everyday encounters with people from different ethnicities and races, and when meeting co-ethnics in a global city. These encounters are illustrated with data, drawn from 18 in-depth interviews with Latvian graduates in London. I argue that such encounters are shaped and informed by the post-Soviet heritage, emerging understandings of inter-racial encounters, hegemonic discourses of ‘East’ and ‘West’, all embedded in specific power relations.

History

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of Intercultural Studies

Volume

41

Issue

5

Pages

638-650

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intercultural Studies on 18 Aug 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2020.1806800://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].

Acceptance date

23/01/2020

Publication date

2020-08-18

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0725-6868

eISSN

1469-9540

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Aija Lulle Deposit date: 23 January 2020

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