This multisited global ethnography concerns the intimate and unequal relationships that connect revitalization of a Midwestern packing town to development processes in immigrant workers' communities of origin in Togo and Mexico. It brings to light how immigrants' families, friends, and home institutions subsidize reproduction of people and place in immigrants' communities of destination-complex processes and practices I call global restructuring of social reproduction. Revealing the immigration-based nature of local development not only in Mexico and Togo but also in the United States, the study makes visible the global interconnections in processes of dispossession and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-405
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • immigration and development
  • midwest meat packing
  • social reproduction
  • transnational labor recruitment
  • transnationalism from below

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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