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Tracing the history of refugee settlement in Fargo, North Dakota, from the 1980s to the present day, Race-ing Fargo focuses on the role that gender, religion, and sociality play in everyday interactions between refugees from South Sudan and Bosnia-Herzegovina and the dominant white Euro-American population of the city. Jennifer Erickson outlines the ways in which refugees have impacted this small city over the last thirty years, showing how culture, political economy, and institutional transformations collectively contribute to the racialization of white cities like Fargo in ways that complicate their demographics.

Race-ing Fargo shows that race, religion, and decorum prove to be powerful forces determining worthiness and belonging in the city and draws attention to the different roles that state and private sectors played in shaping ideas about race and citizenship on a local level. Through the comparative study of white secular Muslim Bosnians and Black Christian Southern Sudanese, Race-ing Fargo demonstrates how cross-cultural and transnational understandings of race, ethnicity, class, and religion shape daily citizenship practices and belonging.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. List of Acronyms
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction: Valley to the World
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. Histories, Assemblages, and the City
  2. pp. 26-56
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  1. 2. The NGOization of Refugee Resettlement
  2. pp. 57-91
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  1. 3. Sibling Rivalry: Welfare and Refugee Resettlement
  2. pp. 92-121
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  1. 4. Diversity and Inclusion in Fargo
  2. pp. 122-156
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  1. 5. Resettled Orientalisms: Bosnian Muslims and Roma in Fargo
  2. pp. 157-181
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  1. 6. Beyond Bare Life: Southern Sudanese in Fargo
  2. pp. 182-212
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  1. Conclusion: Prairie for the People
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 231-254
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501751141
Related ISBN
9781501751196
MARC Record
OCLC
1137194826
Pages
282
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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