The Migrant's Paradox: Street Livelihoods and Marginal Citizenship in Britainvolume 31

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University of Minnesota Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne M. Hall is associate professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she codirects the Cities Programme. She is author of City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary and coeditor of The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City.


"Suzanne M. Hall is our Alvin Ailey of urbanism, and this book is an intricate and fiery choreography of the street as an intersection of edge economies, paradoxical injunctions, moving borders, collective ingenuity, and apparatuses of racial control. Street becomes world becomes street, and these inversions bear down hard on those that embody them but who nonetheless materialize fundamental openings in narrowing nationalisms, making their way toward more judicious and generative forms of belonging."--AbdouMaliq Simone, The Urban Institute, University of Sheffield

"Suzanne M. Hall's much-anticipated book adopts a wholly original and refreshing perspective on otherwise well-worn topics such as migrant entrepreneurship and 'ethnic enclave' economies, repurposing these areas of study into fascinating sites through which to understand momentous global/postcolonial concerns around migration, borders, citizenship, racial capitalism, and the reconfiguration of labor under conditions of postindustrial neoliberal austerity. The Migrant's Paradox radically unsettles the assimilationist complacencies and parochializing conventions that ordinarily surround the customary ways in which migrant entrepreneurs have been studied or conceptualized, and Hall delivers a sensitive ethnographic portrayal in a remarkably eloquent and intelligent voice that makes it a delight to read."--Nicholas De Genova, editor of The Borders of "Europe" Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering