In nations across the globe, immigration policies have abandoned strategies of multiculturalism in favor of a "play the game by our rules or leave" mentality. Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities shows how immigrants negotiate with longtime residents over economic, political, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Host communities are neither as static, nor migrants as passive, as assimilationist policies would suggest.
Drawing on anthropology, political science, sociology, and geography, and focusing on such diverse cities as Washington, D.C., Rome, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Munich, and Dallas, the contributors to this volume challenge both policy makers and academic analysts to reframe their discussions of urban migration, and to recognize the contemporary immigrant city as the dynamic, constantly shifting form of social organization it has become.
About the Author
Lisa M. Hanley, former project associate with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, is now a Ph.D. candidate in city and regional planning at Cornell University. Blair A. Ruble is director of the Comparative Urban Studies Project and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the author of several books, most recently Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv. Allison M. Garland is the current project associate with the Comparative Urban Studies Project.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figures ix
Introduction: Renegotiating the City Blair A. Ruble Lisa M. Hanley Allison M. Garland 1
The Renegotiation of Urban Space
Immigrant Incorporation in Suburbia: Spatial Sorting, Ethnic Mobilization, and Receiving Institutions Michael Jones-Correa 19
The Placelessness of Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers Rhacel Salazar Parrenas 49
"It's Just That People Mix Better Here": Household Narratives of Belonging and Displacement in Seattle Serin D. Houston Richard Wright 73
Spatial and Symbolic Patterns of Migrant Settlement: The Case of Muslim Diasporas in Europe Chantal Saint-Blancat 97
Moving toward Uncertainty: Migration and the Turbulence of African Urban Life AbdouMaliq Simone 123
The Renegotiation of Urban Citizenship
Immigrants in a Sunbelt Metropolis: The Transformation of an Urban Place and the Construction of Community Caroline B. Brettell 143
Postmulticulturalism? David Ley 177
"Community" Health and Transnational Communities: Undocumented Andean Migrants and Tuberculosis Control in a New Immigrant Gateway Jason Pribilsky 197
Local Authority Responses to Immigrants: The German Case Barbara Schmitter Heisler 237
Urban Migrants and the Claims of Citizenship in Postcolonial Africa Dickson Eyoh 269
What People are Saying About This
The literature on urbanization is vast but I do not know of any works that focus on the city as the outcome of negotiating processes. In addition, this volume takes a comparative perspective providing examples from various parts of the world. It is a highly innovative and original contribution.