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Crop 1.JPGHaving trained as a social anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, and after a year working in human geography at Oxford, I am now a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. My interests are wide-ranging, and include migration and diversity, care practices, urban spaces, and questions of how we understand and connect with other humans. I have published both in the academic and popular press, given talks, run training and worked as a consultant for local and global non-profits. I aim to produce work that is critical, empowering and practical, enabling communities and organisations to push for change, or to find new ways of living and operating.

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  1. Farhan, this is an article that is challenging, hopeful, and useful. I find it relevant to the work at the Stop Bullying Coalition and to the Massachusetts state (USA) Commission on Bullying. We address the problem of bullying and mobbing of elderly and disabled persons living in public housing, I think you would call them “estates.” What you write about different modes of interaction among a diverse population in the public space of a multicultural, multiethnic urban community is echoed on the negative side in the public spaces of housing. Here, people of highly diverse backgrounds and cultures find themselves in housing where they are expected to use public or common areas fairly. However, one of the widely prevalent problems is that small groups will take over control of favored common spaces, and use various social and psychological tactics to punish any rivals, and seek to get rid of people they label as “different, bad, they don’t belong here, etc.” I have recommended your article to our readers. http://StopBullyingCoalition.org

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