Moving Difference demonstrates how differences between migrants who share the same nationality travel with them and can impact on every aspect of their 'mobile lives'. Analysing the lived experiences and narratives of Brazilians in London, it adds an in-depth ethnographic understanding of the specific contours of difference to studies of migration by demonstrating how social differences, rooted in colonial legacies, are constantly being re-created and negotiated in the everyday making of the global world.
By using ethnographic observations and in-depth interviews, in addition to historical and contextual analyses, the book allows us to understand how people speak of, engage with and negotiate difference in their everyday lives and how this is shaped by the macro-political and -social contexts of immigration and emigration.
Giving attention to the complex interrelations between 'here' and 'there', past and present, this book allows us to go beyond the proliferated homogenised stereotypes of 'the migrant' and 'the migrant community' often reproduced by academics as well as by the media and politicians, whether with a view to pathologising or romanticising the 'migrant other'. This title will appeal to students, scholars, community workers and general readers interested in migration, social class, gender, 'race' and ethnicity, colonialism and slavery, social exclusion, globalisation and urban sociology.