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discourses about modernity and gender explicitly invoked. Yet, despite what Stoler calls this “colonial aphasia”, imperial discourses have a long shelf life and uncannily echo many contemporary positions on “Muslim” or South Asian women around dress, marriage and divorce, and intimate life. This aphasia absolves contemporary discourses from the taint of colonialism but it also forecloses links to a longer historical perspective. As Stoler puts it, ‘By bracketing the history of colonial racism, the popularity of the National Front’s extreme Right racism in the 1990s 162

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France
Racial capitalism and workplace resistance

_status_fair_enough/ (accessed January 2019). 73 Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 2018). 74 Discussed further below, ‘cherry-picking’ refers to the selection of items of a certain size and convenience to pack that enable a higher level of output than could be obtained with items that take longer or are more awkward to pack. 75 Spalding is 33 miles (53 kilometres) to the north-east of Peterborough. 76 As I elaborated in Chapter 1, this concept is inspired by

in Stories from a migrant city
Histories of mobility and fixity

.org/2016/07/05/viewpoint-brexit-class-and-britishnational-identity/ (accessed February 2019). 57 Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2018). 70 stories from a migrant city 58 Brah, Cartographies of Diaspora, pp. 2 and 35; Kalra, From Textile Mills to Taxi Ranks, p. 2. 59 Ali Ahmad, ‘Gender and generation in Pakistani migration: a critical study of masculinity’, in Louise Ryan and Wendy Webster (eds), Gendering Migration: Masculinity

in Stories from a migrant city
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Non-elite cosmopolitanism in the Brexit era

: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2018); Joe Rogaly, Grunwick (London: Penguin, 1977). 105 Gilroy, After Empire, p. 154; see also Valluvan, ‘Cosmopolitanism and intelligibility’. 106 Debbie Humphry, ‘Moving on? Experiences of social mobility in a mixed-class north London neighbourhood’ (PhD thesis, University of Sussex, 2014). 107 See Akala, Natives. In contrast to me, Akala grew up in a lone-parent working-class household. Other recent research on Kentish Town by Sophie Watson – in her

in Stories from a migrant city
The three Rs – race, relations and arithmetic

education more widely. It stressed that Newcastle was home to immigrant students of all levels, including some undertaking practical training with companies like Reyrolles in Hebburn, which hired ethnic minority draughtsmen, clerks and technicians. Some attended part-time or evening classes that were linked to their employment, and there were language and conversation classes held on a weekly basis. The report recognised that South Asian women often experienced difficulties learning English either because of domestic responsibilities or a lack of an educational background

in Foreigners, minorities and integration
The backlash against multiculturalism

Modood does, of becoming a ‘missionary ideology’ wanting to impose ‘western supremacy’ on non-Westerners (Modood, 2008a). Even if that were true, such dismissals do not address the valid concerns about the treatment of South Asian women under the rubric of “tradition”. A fair response would both agree and disagree with Modood. Some feminist scholars try to balance the demands of culture and gender. Some, like Gita Sahgal and Nira Yuva-Davis, acknowledge that the term fundamentalism has a particular political salience for nativists and xenophobes, but the burden of

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France