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Video: Ordinary Streets - the inner workings of Peckham's Rye Lane

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LSE student Sophie Yetton has made this short film about migration, urban multiculture and regeneration in Peckham, South London

Based on research led by Suzi Hall, a sociology professor at LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Yetton’s film explores the ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’.

Since 2012, Hall has studied the inner workings of Peckham’s Rye Lane in the London borough of Southwark. A 1km-long stretch of urban street, she found 199 formal retail units populated by proprietors from more than 20 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Ireland and England. Almost a third of traders speak four or more languages, and a quarter of the shops are subdivided and sublet into smaller shops with shopkeepers from different parts of the globe sharing.

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