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Tension between centrality and fragmentation: Armenian neighbourhoods in Los Angeles1




Los Angeles is a major city in the international space of the Armenian diaspora. Composed of members native to various nation-states, the Los Angeles Armenian community is pluralist and is organised in a number of urban nuclei. Within this spatial and cultural mosaic, one observes tension between a fragmented and non-centered structure and a desire, expressed mainly by the elites, to create a showcase-center. Between unity and multiplicity, centrality and fragmentation, the Armenian community is characterized by relations of domination and power that are expressed in spatial terms. The case of Little Armenia, whose name indicates a center, will be examined so as to point out its attributes of both center and periphery. The ambivalence of this space is reveals that of the community, a result of its complex immigration history.

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