Publication details for Dr Divya P. Tolia-KellyTolia-Kelly, D.P. Diasporic Cosmopolitanism. In: Dwyer, C. & Bressey, C. Race and Racisms. London: Ashgate; 2008.
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Author(s) from Durham
This paper seeks to unravel the ways in which cosmopolitanism is a lived phenomenon for post-colonial, migrant communities living in London and Burnley. Mobility and fluidity characterise the nature of memory-objects in the home, situated here as artefacts of cosmopolitan living. Also in recent government initiatives in Burnley, ‘diasporic memory’ has also been critical to creating landscapes of diasporic belonging. I argue that these textural phenomena in public and private space both refigure ‘diasporic’ registers of material, sensual, affective and visual, and challenge traditional definitions of ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ communities. By situating two research sites as connected to diasporic cosmopolitan being and belonging, I offer new ways of challenging notions of non-native, hybrid, and mimetic, through examining material and mobile, racialised post-colonial identity within Britain.