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Visual narratives of London among East European migrants indicate disillusionment with the global city

December 18, 2012

‘Where is the global city?’ visual narratives of London among East European migrants

From Urban Studies

This paper considers visual narratives, referring to the simultaneous textual and pictorial narrating of migrant experiences of everyday life in London, narratives that construct a counter-discourse to a ‘global’ London. The study is based on research conducted with men arriving from Eastern Europe in London after the expansion of the EU in 2004. Looking at photographs the paper observes that participants’ emplacement in and observation of banal and ordinary places in the city and en route to their homeland, suggest an assemblage of a mobile migrant subject within everyday urban spaces. Participants express disillusionment with the global city. The iconic city remains largely irrelevant to their lives.

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