Conclusions: Seeing Immigrant Neighborhoods
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To return to my original question, this research is an attempt to explain why “immigrant neighborhoods” look like they do-including why they look different from “nonimmigrant neighborhoods”—and to make a connection between the visibility of difference and the structure of everyday urban life in global cities. I have used visual data, including hundreds of photographs and scores of hours of observations, to describe two sets of neighborhoods, one in Brooklyn and the other in Paris. I applied a typology of semiotic functions extended from Jakobson’s (1960, 1972) work on language in order to marshal evidence that these two places look alike when you consider the ways that signs of collective identity are embedded in the streetscape-the built environment, the material traces of culture, the visible social interactions in public spaces.