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Walking on the Margin: A Study of Marginalised Ethnic Groups and Their Walking Practices in Urban and Rural Britain

Author: Aayushi Bajwala

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Abstract

In ‘Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness’, feminist writer bell hooks outlines the ‘space of marginality’ as a space that she can unlock as a Black woman living and working in the United States. She speaks of racial segregation and being an outsider in a place where there is white supremacy. Having grown up in a small Kentucky town, she lived literally on the margins, needing to cross the railroad tracks to enter the “centre” where the black population worked as taxi drivers, bar staff, and maids. These people physically entered the “centre” but were socially detached from it. Although we do not experience this exact geographical phenomenon in twenty-first-century Britain, there are metaphorical margins that are still embedded within access to education, healthcare, jobs and wealth. This marginality is a position in society.

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Bajwala, A., (2022) “Walking on the Margin: A Study of Marginalised Ethnic Groups and Their Walking Practices in Urban and Rural Britain”, field 8(1), 169–186.

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Published on
01 Mar 2022
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