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Title:Beyond abject spaces: enterprising Zimbabwean diaspora in Britain
Author:Mbiba, BeaconISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:50-75
Language:English
Geographic term:Great Britain
Subjects:immigrants
Zimbabweans
entrepreneurs
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254611x566107
Abstract:The concept of space in relation to the experiences of African immigrants in Britain has been the focus of recent geographical and development studies with Joann McGregor's notion of abject spaces the most provocative. This paper considers how the concept of abject spaces can be extended beyond the existence of the marginal, illegal and undocumented immigrants to explore opportunities for entrepreneurship within and beyond these spaces. Based on observation and in-depth interviews with forty entrepreneurs in the same Zimbabwean immigrant community studied by McGregor, the paper demonstrates connections between the businesses formed to serve abject spaces as well as the ways in which living in the same abject space stimulates entrepreneurship. Abject spaces are simultaneously business spaces in ways that demonstrate the innovation and agency of immigrants and the connections between abject spaces and both the country of origin and host community spaces. This contributes to a better understanding of contemporary migration, especially the temporality or space-time dimension of abjection, and the significance of small immigrant enterprises in Britain. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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