5.43 x 8.5 inches | 176 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3060-1 | 1-5095-3060-6 $64.95 US | $77.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-3061-8 | 1-5095-3061-4 $22.95 US | $27.95 CND ebook available
The Jungle Calais’s Camps and Migrants MICHEL AGIER ET AL. Translated by David Fernbach For nearly two decades, the area surrounding the French port of Calais has been a temporary staging post for thousands of migrants and refugees. It achieved global attention when, at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, all those living there were transferred to a single camp that became known as “the Jungle.” This book is the first full account of life inside the Jungle and its relation to the global migration crisis. Starting from the camp’s architecture, the authors describe the transformation of its spaces into an embryonic shantytown, encouraging a wider reflection on urbanism in the context of increasingly mobile populations. They investigate how everyday life operated in the Jungle, raising broader questions about how marginalized communities are perceived and represented. Finally the authors show our relationship with the Other as part of a wider struggle in the formation of local, national and transnational identities. MICHEL AGIER is Senior Researcher at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.
Series: After the Postcolonial 5.43 x 8.5 inches | 158 pages | December 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2335-1 | 1-5095-2335-9 $59.95 US | $71.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-2336-8 | 1-5095-2336-7 $19.95 US | $23.95 CND ebook available
Improvised Lives Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South ABDOUMALIQ SIMONE
The poor and working people – the majority – in cities of the South find themselves in urban spaces that are conventionally construed as places to reside, to inhabit. But what if we thought of popular districts in more expansive ways that capture what really goes on within them? In such cities, popular districts are the settings of more uncertain operations that generate uncanny alliances among disparate bodies, materials and things. In this book, the first in Polity’s new series After the Postcolonial, AbdouMaliq Simone explores the nature of these alliances through ideas of improvisation in postcolonial urbanism, Jazz, Black and Islamic studies, and subaltern literature. Drawing on material from South and Southeast Asia, he portrays urban districts as sites of enduring transformations through rhythms that mediate between the needs of residents not to draw too much attention to themselves and their aspirations to become a small niche of exception, adding something different to the fabric of mere survival. ABDOUMALIQ SIMONE is Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.