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Migration, arts and the negotiation of belonging: an analysis of creative practices within British Asian communities in London and Loughborough

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This article analyses the engagement in cultural and creative practices of people of South Asian heritage in the borough of Tower Hamlets in London and in Loughborough, East Midlands. Both locations are home to a number of community groups engaged in creative and cultural activities and, by focusing on selected case studies, we argue that the arts play a key role in maintaining and claiming South Asian heritage/s in Britain. Comparing these two sites and the activities of key groups located there paves the way for an understanding of the role of the arts in the negotiation of diasporic identities in the UK: these activities and their broader collective engagement offer insights into participants’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion, intercultural relations and solidarity.

Funding

Leverhulme Trust under Grant [RL-2016-076]

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

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AmeriQuests

Volume

16

Issue

1

Publisher

Vanderbilt University

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Vanderbilt University under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/09/2020

Publication date

2021-02-02

ISSN

1553-4316

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Clelia Clini. Deposit date: 16 November 2020

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