ABSTRACT

Community centres, arts and education classes, museums, heritage centres and schools are all spaces which host, represent and perform state-sponsored multiculturalism. This chapter explores further the role of multicultural centres by using Foucault's notion of the Heterotopia'. It examines how these Centres function as forms of community slices of the urban village' in the global city by providing dislocated actors an opportunity to feel at home'. Drawing on ethnographic research in the Irish Cultural Centre in west London, the chapter explores the role of community centres in contemporary state-sponsored multiculturalism. Unlike some of the older Irish centres located in London, the Irish Cultural Centre does not have any formal links with the Roman Catholic Church. The Centre's mission statement' makes this clear by ensuring the Centre is available for everyone of all backgrounds and cultures who want to enjoy, share, experience and participate in quality Irish arts, education and culture'.