Race, class, nation and the community spirit
This chapter identifies a set of white middle-class discourses and practices that justify the marginalisation of wealthy and lower-class Asian residents from participation in the social networks and activities that make up the patterns of the imagined ‘village’ community. It then studies the twists and turns that form the apparent ‘acceptance’ of middle-class white residents of the Asian family who own and run a shop in the area. The chapter also scrutinises their perceptions of the supposed ‘social isolation’ of the minority of very wealthy Asian residents who are located in the most prosperous area of the ‘village’.
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