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Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking - Framing the Global (Hardback)
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Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking - Framing the Global (Hardback)

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Hardback 310 Pages / Published: 07/01/2016
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Global Heartland is the account of diverse, dispossessed, and displaced people brought together in a former sundown town in Illinois. Recruited to work in the local meat-processing plant, African Americans, Mexicans, and West Africans re-create the town in unexpected ways. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in the US, Mexico, and Togo, Faranak Miraftab shows how this workforce is produced for the global labor market; how the displaced workers' transnational lives help them stay in these jobs; and how they negotiate their relationships with each other across the lines of ethnicity, race, language, and nationality as they make a new home. Beardstown is not an exception but an example of local-global connections that make for local development. Focusing on a locality in a non-metropolitan region, this work contributes to urban scholarship on globalization by offering a fresh perspective on politics and materialities of placemaking.

Winner: Davidoff Book Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)Winner: Global & Transnational Sociology section Book Award, American Sociological Association (ASA)Finalist: C. Wright Mills Book Award, Society for Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253019271
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 25 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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Faranak Miraftab's powerful and, at times, very personal study of the meat-packing industry inBeardstown, Illinois, offers an exemplary analysis of the relational character of place. The book challenges us to think seriously about places that are all too often located at the periphery of mainstream urban theory. * AAG Review of Books *

The depth and breadth of this book show it was a decade in the making. Miraftab has carried out a rich multi-sited ethnography to help us understand the transbordering factors and relations that produce and revitalize Beardstown, a meatpacking town in Illinois.

* International Journal of Urban and Regional Research *
In Faranak Miraftab's book, Global Heartland, the life of the meatpacker is vividly brought to life. Miraftab studies the lived-realities of meatpacking laborers to understand how the industry has influenced the economic revitalization and social transformation of the small, rural community of Beardstown, Illinois, while arguing that the thriving economy and cultural diversity successes of the area obscure larger narratives about the unequal global ties that enabled these changes. * Antipode *

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