This paper relates migration and home through the experiences of belonging negotiated by both newcomers and
established residents in a South London caff. My account emerges out of an ethnographic exploration of Nick's Caff,
a small meeting place off a multi-ethnic, inner city Street. Urban change and social diversity are exemplified in the
Walworth Road: a place from which one can hear the chimes of Big Ben and catch glimpses of the London Eye, but
which remains curiously detached from the image of a prestigious city; where remnants of white working-class culture
juxtapose with a variety of cultures brought from across the globalising world; and where emergent cultures are forged
across the difficulties and possibilities of cultural difference. Nick's Caff situates the day-to-day and face-to-face experiences
of belonging within a shared space in the contemporary city. This paper explores how different individuals
reconstitute conventional understandings of 'home' and 'family' through inhabiting their regular tables in the Caff. I
expand on 'belonging' as a mode of social interaction through three key ideas: social space, practice and sociability.
I analyse the social and spatial dimensions of everyday interactions in the Caff, and examine whether intermingling
within the Caff produces alternative understandings of belonging, beyond the binaries of insider/outsider or local/foreigner.
Keywords : Belonging, Shared Space, Practice, Sociability.
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