Migrants and City-Making

Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration

Book Pages: 296 Illustrations: 17 illustrations Published: August 2018

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Geography, Sociology > Migration Studies

In Migrants and City-Making Ayse Çaglar and Nina Glick Schiller trace the participation of migrants in the unequal networks of power that connect their lives to regional, national, and global institutions. Grounding their work in comparative ethnographies of three cities struggling to regain their former standing—Mardin, Turkey; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Halle/Saale, Germany—Çaglar and Glick Schiller challenge common assumptions that migrants exist on society’s periphery, threaten social cohesion, and require integration. Instead Çaglar and Glick Schiller explore their multifaceted role as city-makers, including their relationships to municipal officials, urban developers, political leaders, business owners, community organizers, and social justice movements. In each city Çaglar and Glick Schiller met with migrants from around the world; attended cultural events, meetings, and religious services; and patronized migrant-owned businesses, allowing them to gain insights into the ways in which migrants build social relationships with non-migrants and participate in urban restoration and development. In exploring the changing historical contingencies within which migrants live and work, Çaglar and Glick Schiller highlight how city-making invariably involves engaging with the far-reaching forces that dispossess people of their land, jobs, resources, neighborhoods, and hope. 


"Ayse Calgar and Nina Glick Schiller make a timely and compelling case for migrants as 'city-makers.' Departing from commonly portrayed dichotomies between migrants and non-migrants, they situate, contextualize, and embed them into complex “multi-scalar” processes of urban regeneration. . . . Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." — G. R. Innes, Choice

"This fantastic book is a result of committed long-term research by Çaglar and Glick Schiller on migration and the regeneration of cities." — Susanne Urban, Urban Studies

"This is a book that needed to be written for our present Western moment with its surge of refugees. It joins a very few other texts that show how immigrants are a positive economic and social presence in our cities at a time when negative interpretations are on the rise.” — Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

“This book offers a brilliantly original analysis of how migrants have shaped contemporary strategies of urban regeneration—and their contestation—in three marginalized cities. In so doing, the authors also elaborate a pathbreaking approach to the multiscalar, fluidly mutating geographies of migration and a new methodological strategy for spatialized ethnography and comparative migration studies. Migrants and City-Making is a major work of migration studies, urban studies, and sociospatial theory.” — Neil Brenner, author of Critique of Urbanization


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Ayse Çaglar is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and coeditor of Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants.

Nina Glick Schiller is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is coauthor of Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home, also published by Duke University Press, and most recently, coeditor of Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Perspectives, Relationalities, and Discontents.

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List of Illustrations  ix
Acknowledgments  xi
Introduction. Multiscalar City-Making and Emplacement: Processes, Concepts, and Methods  1
1. Introducing Three Cities: Similarities despite Difference  33
2. Welcoming Narratives: Small Migrant Businesses within Multiscalar Restructuring  95
3. They Are Us: Urban Sociabillites with Multiscalar Power  121
4. Social Citizenship of the Dispossessed: Embracing Global Christianity  147
5. "Searching Its Future in Its Past": The Multiscalar Emplacement of Returnees  177
Conclusion. Time, Space, and Agency  209
Notes  227
References  239
Index  275
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-7056-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-7044-4
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