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‘We’re here to stay’: economic restructuring, Latino migration and place-making in the US South

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This article examines immigrants’ and long-term residents’ intertwining practices of flexible labour and social reproduction in the American South. It analyses neoliberal globalisation's flexible-labour demands through the body and social reproduction's spatial forms and politics through place, arguing for the centrality of these processes to both recent political shifts in the South and broader theorisations of globalisation and social reproduction. As immigrants and long-term southern residents grapple with factors from casualised employment to militarised borders, they work to situate themselves in place as community members. The frictions between these processes create political initiatives into which our analysis offers new insight.

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