Multicultural London

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Have a look at this map showing the frequency of surnames in London.

Compare it with a map of social deprivation (poverty) on this page


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Both these links will open a new browser window to make it easier to compare. Can you spot any patterns in the data?

This infographic from the Guardian might also be useful:

Brick Lane in London’s East End makes a very good case study of an inner city area that has undergone many changes. 


You should be able to describe what the area around Brick Lane is like and how it has altered in recent years. Three of the key ideas are conservation regeneration and gentrification. We will look at these concepts in the lesson.

This video was filmed in Brick Lane:
Brick Lane is home to a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants and the area reflects this in a number of ways; the road signs are in English and Bengali and there is a famous mosque in the centre of the Lane.
The area has been the subject of several books, the most famous by Monica Ali was recently made into a (slightly controversial) film about the Bengali community.
Many local people work in the numerous Indian restaurants. The Bangladeshi community of Brick Lane represents an example of segregation. You need to be able to explain why people from certain ethnic groups prefer to live close together.

To support the multicultural nature of this part of London, a number of strategies have been used. One example is the rebranding of the area as “Banglatown” This Guardian article questions whether the idea has worked. Other strategies include celebrating the area through the annual Curry Festival, local walking guides and help for the community through groups like the Bengali Cultural Association. The local council provides extra financial assistance for schools and local health centres because the Bengali community is poor in comparison to other ethnic groups.There are day care centres that provide support for elderly Bengali citizens and specialist groups providing training in work skills, awareness of health issues and literacy for adults.



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