Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages292
ISBN (Electronic)9780253019424
ISBN (Print)9780253019271
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameGlobal Research Studies

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Miraftab, F. (2016). Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking. (Global Research Studies). Indiana University Press.