Discrimination in ‘receptive cities’?
Voices from Brighton and Bologna
in How the other half lives
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This chapter draws a cross-country, city-level comparison between the cities of Brighton, UK and Bologna, Italy. Both cities have an established reputation for being ‘tolerant’ and ‘hospitable’, which stems from their image of diverse environments. However, especially at the institutional level, this public image is rarely scrutinised. In this chapter, the author digs into the urban representations of Bologna and Brighton as diverse and open places to uncover the exclusivity of inclusive spaces through minorities’/migrants’ lived experiences. The respondents on whose accounts the chapter is based are classified as ‘Black and Ethnic Minorities’ in Brighton and ‘foreigners’ in Bologna – this to reflect the political language used in each case study in relation to migration and ethnic diversity. After a discussion on their own perception of Brighton and Bologna’s sense of place the author examines how they frame discrimination and hate-crime in their city.

How the other half lives

Interconnecting socio-spatial inequalities

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