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A blended ethnography of a migrant city

Based on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, French London provides rare insights into the everyday lived experience of a diverse group of French citizens who have chosen to make London home. From sixth-form students to an octogenarian divorcee, hospitality to hospital staff, and second-generation onward migrants to returnees, the individual trajectories described are disparate but connected by a ‘common-unity’ of practice. Despite most not self-identifying with a ‘community’ identity, this heterogenous migrant group are shown to share many homemaking characteristics and to enact their belonging in common ways. Whether through the contents of their kitchens, their reasons for migrating to London or their evolving attitudes to education and healthcare, participants are seen to embody a distinct form of London-Frenchness. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of ‘symbolic violence’ and ‘habitus’, inventively deconstructed into its component parts of habitat, habituation and habits, the book reveals how structural forces in France and early encounters with ‘otherness’ underpin mobility, and how long-term settlement is performed as a pre-reflexive process. It deploys an original blended ethnographic lens to understand the intersection between the on-land and online in contemporary mobility, providing a rich description of migrants’ material and digital habitats. With ‘Brexit’ on the horizon and participants subsequently revisited in a post-referendum Epilogue, the monograph demonstrates the appeal of London prior to 2016 and the disruption to the migrants’ identity and belonging since. It offers an unprecedented window onto the intimate lifeworlds of an under-researched diaspora at a crucial point in Britain’s history.

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Art and a multi-model, multi-disciplinary apprach
Amanda Thomson

, WalkDrawing, Fieldguide , 2010/2013. Amanda Thomson, Dead Amongst the Living: Fieldguide (2nd edition), 2013. A temporal and multi-modal

in Perspectives on contemporary printmaking
A multimodal reading of archived London-French blogs
Saskia Huc-Hepher

acknowledges the web’s digital-material ephemerality (Masanès, 2006 ; Gomes and Costa, 2014 ), inherent hybridity and embodied subjectivity (Asenbaum, 2019 ). I hence embrace digital new materialism (Asenbaum, 2019 ) and posit that the London-French blogs under scrutiny in this chapter are intrinsically hybrid object-subjects in form, function and inferential force. As Hall contends, ‘identity lives with and through, not despite, difference; by hybridity’ (1990: 235). Accordingly, migrant blogs’ material multimodality bears witness to their creators’ ‘double

in French London
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Blended understandings of symbolic forces in London-French education on-land and on-line
Saskia Huc-Hepher

), migrants such as the French, who are neither at risk or a risk, typically escape scholarly attention. Furthermore, in spite of the appositeness of multimodal social semiotic approaches to online material, particularly the kind advocated by Myrrh Domingo and Gunther Kress (Kress, 2010 , 2011 ; Domingo, 2011 ; Domingo et al ., 2014 , 2015 ), involving ethnography alongside ‘textual’ digital analysis, there is little evidence of the application of such methodologies to digital diasporic output. Yet, the foregrounding of internet research that apprehends the web not

in French London
Print culture, multimodality, and visual design in Derricke’s Image of Irelande
Andie Silva

illustration, a poetic caption narrating the actions on display. Of note, more than half of the plates include letter-keys designed to connect individual sections of the illustration to corresponding verse captions – sometimes in alphabetical, logical order (i.e. from A to B to C and so on), but more often in jumbled order, changing the linear structure of the image in order to redirect the reader’s interpretation. Indeed, the plates that accompany Derricke’s Image showcase a number of remarkable approaches to multimodal

in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne
Rachael Gilmour

Holiday every year’, as well as children who are ‘Sudanese, Lebanese and half-Bengali, GILMOUR 9781526108845 PRINT.indd 170 11/06/2020 11:00 Living in translation171 speaking in the Scottish accent of Froghall and Tillydrone’.13 For Guo, the back-and-forth transit between English and Chinese is at the centre of a ‘multimodal’ way of seeing in which different systems of meaning – the linguistic and the visual, the formal conventions of literature and film – are in dynamic, mutually energising relation and tension with one another.14 Guo’s work is at pains to

in Bad English
Siebe Bluijs

semiotic element (Huwiler, 2005 , 67; Schmedes, 2002 , 84–8). 6 Since a defining characteristic of the (neo-)avant-garde is the breaking of boundaries between media and genres, the use of collage should be regarded in relation to a variety of artistic forms and media. The intrinsic multimodality and genre hybridity of the radio play (see Bernaerts, 2017a ) makes it the medium par excellence for (neo-)avant-garde experiments. Its contingency on other media, such as literature, film, theatre and music, makes it a perfect test case for a transmedial approach to

in Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde
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Author: Rachael Gilmour

At a time when monolingualist claims for the importance of ‘speaking English’ to the national order continue louder than ever, even as language diversity is increasingly part of contemporary British life, literature becomes a space to consider the terms of linguistic belonging. Bad English examines writers including Tom Leonard, James Kelman, Suhayl Saadi, Raman Mundair, Daljit Nagra, Xiaolu Guo, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, and Caroline Bergvall, who engage multilingually, experimentally, playfully, and ambivalently with English’s power. Considering their invented vernaculars and mixed idioms, their dramatised scenes of languaging – languages learned or lost, acts of translation, scenes of speaking, the exposure and racialised visibility of accent – it argues for a growing field of contemporary literature in Britain pre-eminently concerned with language’s power dynamics, its aesthetic potentialities, and its prosthetic strangeness. Drawing on insights from applied linguistics and translation studies as well as literary scholarship, Bad English explores contemporary arguments about language in Britain – in debates about citizenship or education, in the media or on Twitter, in Home Office policy and asylum legislation – as well as the ways they are taken up in literature. It uncovers both an antagonistic and a productive interplay between language politics and literary form, tracing writers’ articulation of linguistic alienation and ambivalence, as well as the productivity and making-new of radical language practices. Doing so, it refutes the view that language difference and language politics are somehow irrelevant to contemporary Britain and instead argues for their constitutive centrality to the work of novelists and poets whose inside/outside relationship to English in its institutionalised forms is the generative force of their writing.

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Steven Feld

It is a pleasure to contribute a few words to close this book, and for multiple reasons. First, the multi-mediated conversations of Lorenzo Ferrarini and Nicola Scaldaferri have long struck me as among the most interesting, progressive and experimental of border-crossing dialogues between anthropology and ethnomusicology. Specifically, they have struck me as going far beyond familiar polemics and prescriptions for ‘multimodal’ research and publication, by actually putting into expansive collaboration two different kinds of scholar-artists, one a theoretically

in Sonic ethnography
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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.