Blog | February 2015

Commonplace diversity: stable and peaceful relations across myriad differences in Hackney

by Susanne Wessendorf


It is a rainy Tuesday morning in the London Borough of Hackney. I’m sitting on a bus and my attention is drawn to an interaction between two women in front of me: a woman who looks to be East Asian is struggling to understand someone on her mobile phone. Her English is not very good and she is trying to grasp what the person at the other end is saying. It appears to be an ‘official’ phone call with some kind of institution. She suddenly hands her phone to an African woman with a colourful head dress who is sitting near her, and indicates that she should listen to what the person on the phone is saying. ...

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