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Land of Strangers


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Introduction 1. The Freight of Social Ties 2. Collaborating Strangers 3. Strangers in the City 4. Remainders of Race 5. Imagined Community 6. A Calamitous End? Epilogue Bibliography

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Ash Amin is the 1931 Chair of Geography at the University of Cambridge.


"Ash Amin s Land of Strangers is an illuminating discussionon the fate of the stranger in modern Western societies, focussing both on the ways in whichthe Other is constructed" sociologica 'Amin's unbated curiousity and inquisitiveness allow him toreinvigorate established social and political theories that aspireto formulate inclusive identities and spaces for the integration ofthe stranger, while acknowledging that the current economic andpolitical conditions of imposed austerity measures and the rise ofthe Far Right do not favour this much-needed experimentation anddisengagement.' Radical Philosophy This is a brilliant and illuminating book. Ash Aminrelentlessly dispels cliches about modern society inreader-friendly prose; more positively, he explores ways to managethe complexities with which we live.' Richard Sennett, London School of Economics and New YorkUniversity The prize is an important one: to forge a politics ofbelonging that does not prejudge the meaning of belonging andallows solidarity to coexist between the parties involved. Afterreading this brilliant book, I am convinced that such a politics ispossible and could help to extend civility in ways that we are onlyjust beginning to think about. Reviewers tend to overuse the phrase"essential reading" but this book really is.' Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick An insightful and genuinely interdisciplinary explorationof the moral and material basis of how to nurture a sense oftogetherness in a society of relative strangers. Both analyticaland normative, the book opens up imaginative ways of building asense of the commons in a volatile and alienated socialuniverse.' Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster

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