Glasgow School of Art
March 2016 - June 2016

Fluid City, Solid Sense of Belonging (Abstract)

For settled communities in stable times, the question of belonging appears to be straightforward. In unstable times characterised by high levels of migration and high turnover in urban neighbourhoods, it becomes more complex. The tensions caused through negative narratives create a dialogue that fuels stigmatization and mistrust; between new migrants arriving in alien cities and longstanding residents who see their localities transformed around them. The ability of communities to understand and shape these processes of cohesion may be key to achieving greater well-being in growing, diverse and fluid cities in years ahead.

In this thesis I will address narratives by examining classic and contemporary theories of society that shape the social imaginary and analyse how they manifest through a case study of Govanhill; a diverse and deprived district of Glasgow, Scotland.