This book intervenes in the immigration debate, showing how moving away from a racialized local/ migrant dichotomy can help to unite people on the basis of their common humanity. Drawing on over one hundred stories and eight years of research in a provincial English city, Rogaly asks what that city (and indeed England as a whole) stands for in the Brexit era. Stories from the city's homes and streets, and from its warehouse and food factory workplaces, challenge middle-class condescension towards working-class cultures. They also reveal a non-elite cosmopolitanism, which contrasts with the more familiar association of cosmopolitanism with elites. The book combines critique with resources for hope. It is aimed at general readers as well as students and lecturers in geography, sociology, migration studies and oral history.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Rogaly should be applauded for not only producing an analytically sophisticated book, but one which provides us with some of the resources of hope that might one day help to plot a path towards a more open and democratic future for all.'
Satnam Virdee, author of Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider
'A powerful, thoughtful and much needed contribution.'
Fatima Manji, Correspondent, Channel 4 News
'In the face of the most ugly uses of 'place' as a code for racialised exclusivity, this poignant and necessary book encourages us to think more expansively - of varieties of inclusion and exclusion, of unexpected conviviality and cosmopolitanism from below, of tactics of racial capitalism that set us against each other and spaces of imagination that can bring us together. All in the form of a kind of love-song to...Peterborough.'
Gargi Bhattacharyya, author of Rethinking racial capitalism, questions of reproduction and survival
The urgent lesson contained in these pages is that any step towards challenging the racism that distorts and confines the immigration debate needs to listen out for what is emerging in the ordinary life of cosmopolitanism from the bottom-up.'
Les Back, co-author of Migrant City
A 'must-read' book in an age of Brexit uncertainty, changing global macro-economic processes and the rise of nationalist nostalgia.'
Anoop Nayak, author of Race, Place and Globalization -- .