Multiculturalism, Towards a Modern Society……

 

Since the human species left Africa around 60.000 years ago, the urge to push beyond what’s known, to discover new lands and opportunities has shaped human culture. Since then, mankind has undertaken a restless exploration of the world, conquering new territories and giving rise to new and more advanced societies thanks to a process of knowledge and skill exchange. Our journey has never stopped and nowadays mass immigration has given birth to the phenomenon of multiculturalism.

 England has a long history of immigration, making it one of the most multicultural societies in the world. As a more diverse society, it offers greater choices for food, clothing and faith, allowing people to live the life they choose. You can feel its multiculturalism in the flow of your everyday life, walking in a overcrowded shopping centre full of exotic take away restaurants or, in ethnic quarters where, an odd harmony between western architecture and eastern culture will make you wonder if you are still in the same country.

Despite what might seem only a reflection of a migratory flow, multiculturalism has deeper implications for the whole community of a country. It is a force that shapes the urban landscape and the society through a process of, cultural exchange and coexistence, breaking down boundaries stereotypes. As the society becomes more diverse, more choices are available and people want the opportunity to experience them.

A multicultural society is more dynamic, diverse and creative, for example, in London districts such as Camden Town and China Town have become one of the main tourist attraction of the city. Furthermore, multiculturalism gives prove of great civility, it fosters dialogue and tolerance between different communities, races and faiths, it represents the importance of differences but at the same time common national identity.

 Nevertheless, apart from what could be extent to multiculturalism, what are the implications for the whole community?

Do the foreigner communities loose gradually their cultural identities? How do they integrated in the society?

Is coexistence among different communities possible?

Through my work I would like to answer to these questions and, at the same time describe the phenomenon that characterizes most the English society today.

 

 

Pupils on their way back home after school, Brixton South London

Pupils on their way back home after school, Brixton South London

 Allenton Market, Derby Typical street scene

Allenton Market, Derby Typical street scene

Normanton, ethnic quarter, Derby, typical street scene

Normanton, ethnic quarter, Derby, typical street scene

Normanton Quarter, Derby typical street scene

Normanton Quarter, Derby, typical street scene

Westfield Shopping Centre, Derby, Strangers chilling out

Westfield Shopping Centre, Derby, Strangers chilling out

Westfield shopping centre, Derby, group of muslim people chatting...

Westfield shopping centre, Derby, group of muslim people chatting…

Mixed group having a meal, Birmingham city centre

Mixed group having a meal, Birmingham city center

Bull Ring Market, Birmingham, ethnic market where you can find a great variety of exotic fruit and vegetables.

Bull Ring Market, Birmingham, ethnic market where you can find a great variety of exotic fruit and vegetables.

Ethnic market in Birmingham, "Bull Ring Market", street scene

Ethnic market in Birmingham, “Bull Ring Market”, street scene

Ethnic market in Birmingham, "Bull Ring Market", street scene

Ethnic market in Birmingham, “Bull Ring Market”, street scene

Muslim devoted praying, Jamia Mosque, Derby

Muslim devoted praying, Jamia Mosque, Derby

Korans in Jamia Mosque, Derby,

Korans in Jamia Mosque, Derby,

Pray Time, Jamia Mosque, Derby

Pray Time, Jamia Mosque, Derby

Caribbean lady in the mid of a moving....... Birmingham

Caribbean lady in the mist of a moving……. Birmingham

Caribbean lady practicing violin, Birmingham

Caribbean lady practicing violin, Birmingham

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in, Trafalgar Square London  March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in, Trafalgar Square London  March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

Russian couple celebrating their Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

Russian couple celebrating Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in, Trafalgar Square London  March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in, Trafalgar Square London  March 2013

The Russian community celebrating Malenitsa in Trafalgar Square, London March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, English family supporters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, English family supporters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protesters, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protester, Parliament Street London, March 2013

Pro-democratic Syria demonstration, Syrian protester, Parliament Street London, March 2013

St. Patrick's Day's Parade, Asian musician performing in the Irish orchestra, London, March 2013

St. Patrick’s Day’s Parade, Asian musician performing in the Irish orchestra, London, March 2013

 Bolivian-Irish lady celebrating St. Patrick's Day in London, March 2013

Bolivian-Irish lady celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in London, March 2013

Caribbean-Irish lady, celebrating St. Patrick's Day in London, March 2013

Caribbean-Irish lady, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Caribbean-Irish lady, celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Caribbean-Irish lady, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Irish community celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square London, March 2013

Jamaican owner of a Reggae music shop in Brixton South London

Jamaican owner of a Reggae music shop in Brixton South London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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