Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) seminar on Tuesday 28th March at 1pm in Room 2.07, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, The University of Manchester.
Our speaker is Professor Tracey Reynolds (Professor of Social Sciences, Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences at The University of Greenwich) and her talk is entitled, “Them and Us”: ‘Black Neighbourhoods’ as a social capital resource.
This presentation examines the experiences of black youths and their families living in socially deprived areas of London in order to examine the way in which they recognise the term ‘black neighbourhood’ as a resource for ethnic identity formation and collective mobilisation. Despite of the problems that are typically associated with ‘black neighbourhoods’, these neighbourhoods also represent spaces through which a range of social capital resources such as reciprocal ties of trust and solidarity are generated. These spaces provide a sense of wellbeing and belonging.
However, the analysis will also show that the young people’s experiences of the neighbourhood are not always positive, and such spaces create negative outcomes for them and their families. I will highlight the restrictive capacity of ‘black neighbourhoods’ and the various ways in which they limit opportunities to ‘get on’ in terms of social mobility.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. All welcome to attend.