Authors meet Critics: Nicholls and Uitermark (2017) Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the US, France, and the Netherlands, 1970-2015 (Wiley)

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Justus Uitermark
Chairs: Justus Uitermark


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 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 and proposes. 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.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Nik Theodore University of Illinois at Chicago 20
Panelist Virginie Mamadouh University of Amsterdam 20
Panelist Ugo Rossi University of Turin 20
Panelist Walter Nicholls Urban Planning and Public Policy, UC Irvine 20
Panelist Justus Uitermark UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM 20

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