Rebordering the Mediterranean

Rebordering the Mediterranean

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Offering a rich ethnographic account, this book traces the historical processes by which Andalusians experienced the shift from being poor emigrants to northern Europe to becoming privileged citizens of the southern borderland of the European Union, a region where thousands of African immigrants have come in search of a better life. It draws on extended ethnographic fieldwork in Granada and Senegal, exploring the shifting, complementary and yet antagonistic relations between Spaniards and African immigrants in the Andalusian agrarian work place. The author's findings challenge the assumption of fixed national, cultural, and socioeconomic boundaries vis-a-vis outside migration in core countries, showing how legal and cultural identities of Andalusians are constructed together with that of immigrants.For an overview of similar issues in Latin America see Stavenhagen and Iturralde 1990 and Chenaut and Sierra 1995. 2. ... Common to all of this was the hierarchical organization of labor, in which bosses were exempt from manual labor but responsible for administrative functions for the local state and for prayer ... Eighty-eight percent declared Wolof as their first language, and 95 percent were Muslims.

Title:Rebordering the Mediterranean
Author:Liliana Suarez-Navaz
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2004-08-15


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