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Author Miraftab, Faranak, author

Title Global heartland : displaced labor, transnational lives, and local placemaking / Faranak Miraftab
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Global research studies
Global research studies.
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Communities -- Illinois -- Beardstown.
Economic development -- Social aspects -- Illinois -- Beardstown.
Immigrants -- Illinois -- Beardstown -- Social conditions.
Multiculturalism -- Illinois -- Beardstown.
Beardstown (Ill.) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Beardstown (Ill.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects -- History.
Beardstown (Ill.) -- Ethnic relations -- History.
Beardstown (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253019427 (electronic bk.)
9780253019424 (electronic bk.)