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Cities and Social Movements. Immigrant Rights Activism in the US, France, and the Netherlands, 1970-2015. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 3720117
  • Book
  • Region: France, Netherlands, United States, Holland
  • 280 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Given the hostile climate facing immigrants, it might be expected that they would try to remain hidden and under the radar. However, many immigrants have asserted their rights for equality in the countries they reside in. While the general policy evolution has been in the direction of greater restrictions, some immigrant mobilizations have successfully swum against the tide and achieved important wins including large–scale regularizations. Cities and Social Movements make sense of these remarkable mobilizations and their successes or failures.

Through historical and comparative research on the immigrant rights movements of the United States, France, and the Netherlands, this book examines how small resistances against restrictive immigration policies do or don t develop into large and sustained mobilizations. Drawing on a range of disciplines, the book rethinks movements from the bottom–up. The authors descend to the urban grassroots to uncover the micro–mechanisms through which movement networks emerge or disband. 

Cities and Social Movements demonstrate how efforts to enforce national borders trigger countless resistances and shows how some environments provide the opportunities to nurture these small resistances into sustained and system–challenging mobilizations.
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Series Editors′ Preface ix

Acknowledgments x

1 Sparks of Resistance 1

2 Rethinking Movements from the Bottom Up 13

Part I The Birth of Immigrant Rights Activism 37

3 Making Space for Immigrant Rights Activism in Los Angeles 39

4 Radical Entanglements in Paris 54

5 Placing Protest in Amsterdam 71

Part II Urban Landscapes of Control and Contention 89

6 The Laissez ]Faire State: Re ]politicizing Immigrants in Los Angeles 91

7 The Uneven Reach of the State: The Partial Pacification of Paris 116

8 The Cooptative State: The Pacification of Contentious Immigrant Politics in Amsterdam 138

Part III New Geographies of Immigrant Rights Movements 157

9 Los Angeles as a Center of the National Immigrant Rights Movement 161

10 Paris as Head of Splintering Resistances 188

11 Divergent Geographies of Immigrant Rights Contention in the Netherlands 209

12 Conclusion: Sparks into Wildfires 227

Notes 239

References 245

Index 262

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Walter J. Nicholls
Justus Uitermark
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