Urban Ehtnic Encounters attempts to answer the two leading questions of how urban space structures the life of ethnic groups and how ethnic diversity helps to shape urban space. A multidisciplinary team of authors searches the various dimensions of the spatial organization of inter-ethnic relations in cities and countries around the globe. Unlike most ethnographies in which authors write about the 'other' in faraway places, the majority of the contributors have studied their own society.
The case studies are from four different continents. Material is presented from diverse locations such as the cities of Toronto, Philadelphia, Vienna, Beirut, Jakarta, Tehran, Osaka and Albuquerque, and the countries of Israel, Brazil and Taiwan, presents a unique opportunity for comparative analysis of ethnicity and spatial patterns. From this wealth of material important inter-cultural conclusions can be made about urban ethnic diversity.

chapter 1|24 pages


Urban space and ethnicity
ByFreek Colombijn, Aygen Erdentug

part |2 pages

PART I The macro-level analysis of urban ethnic encounters

chapter 2|19 pages

Residential segregation and neighbourhood socioeconomic inequality: Southeast Asians in Toronto

Southeast Asians in Toronto Theoretical framework
ByJoe T. Darden

chapter 3|15 pages

Places of worship in multicultural settings in Toronto

ByChandrakant P. Shah

chapter 5|16 pages

Borders and boundaries in post-war Beirut

ByDaniel Genberg

part |2 pages

PART II The meso-level analysis of urban ethnic encounters: The neighbourhoods of the cities

chapter 6|10 pages

Perception and use of space by ethnic Chinese in Jakarta

Economic power of an ethnic minority
ByHarald Leisch

chapter 7|17 pages

Urban fear in Brazil: From the favelas to The Truman Show CARMEN S Í LV I A D E MORAES RIAL AND MIRIAM PILLAR GROSSI

From the favelas to
ByThe Truman Show Carmen Sílvia de Moraes Rial and Miriam Pillar Grossi

chapter 9|18 pages

Transcultural home identity across the Pacific

A case study of high-tech Taiwanese transnational communities in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Silicon Valley, USA

part |2 pages

PART III The micro-level analysis of urban ethnic encounters

chapter 11|15 pages

Repackaging difference

The Korean ‘theming’ of a shopping street in Osaka, Japan
ByJeffry T. Hester

chapter 12|17 pages

The appropriation of public space as a space for living

The Waterworld Festival in Vienna
ByHeidi Dumreicher

chapter 13|17 pages

Contested urban space

Symbolizing power and identity in the city of Albuquerque, USA
ByEveline Dürr

chapter 14|20 pages


ByFreek Colombijn, Aygen Erdentug