London versus East London

  • Niloufar Vadiati
Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)


Contemporary London as a global and multicultural city is in part a product of its transnational relations and its postcolonial challenges, which has been recently characterised by the term ‘super-diversity’.

While respecting the diversity of today’s London, in order to engage with the complexities existing between labour and capital in London, the dual-city notion of the transnational class and the reserved army of labour have been considered as the most relevant conceptual model to explain its occupational structure.

If London is a highly diverse city with a very complex demographical pattern, East London is at the core of this intense dynamic. This chapter also provides a vivid portrait of the particular character of occupational structure in East London with a particular history of in-migration, socio-spatial segregation and ‘super-diversity’ among local businesses.


Super diversity Informal sector Occupational structure Global city Ethnic economy Demography Transition Habitus Doxa 


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  • Niloufar Vadiati
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  1. 1.HafenCity University HamburgHamburgGermany

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