1st Edition

Migrants and the Making of the Urban-Maritime World
Agency and Mobility in Port Cities, c. 1570–1940

ISBN 9780367543617
Published September 4, 2020 by Routledge
304 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This volume explores the mutually transformative relations between migrants and port cities. Throughout the ages of sail and steam, port cities served as nodes of long-distance transmissions and exchanges. Commercial goods, people, animals, seeds, bacteria and viruses; technological and scientific knowledge and fashions all arrived in, and moved through, these microcosms of the global. Migrants made vital contributions to the construction of the urban-maritime world in terms of the built environment, the particular sociocultural milieu, and contemporary representations of these spaces. Port cities, in turn, conditioned the lives of these mobile people, be they seafarers, traders, passers-through, or people in search of a new home. By focusing on migrants—their actions and how they were acted upon—the authors seek to capture the contradictions and complexities that characterized port cities: mobility and immobility, acceptance and rejection, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, diversity and homogeneity, segregation and interaction.

The book offers a wide geographical perspective, covering port cities on three continents. Its chapters deal with agency in a widened sense, considering the activities of individuals and collectives as well as the decisive impact of sailing and steamboats, trains, the built environment, goods or microbes in shaping urban-maritime spaces.

Table of Contents


Christina Reimann and Martin Öhman

Part I: Migrants and the Construction of Port City Spaces

1. Migrant Agencies in the Early Modern Manila Bay

Birgit Tremml-Werner

2. Space, Representation and Practice in the Formation of Izmir During the Long Nineteenth Century

Fatma Tanış and Carola Hein

3. "Let Genius and Patriotism, from Whatever Quarter of the Earth, Be Naturalized among Us": New York City Friends of Industry and Foreign Migrants, c. 1815–1842

Martin Öhman

4. Foreign Sailors and Working-Class Communities: Race, Crime and Moral Panics in London’s Sailortown, 1880–1914

Brad Beaven

5. The "Greatest Traveller of Them All": Rats, Port Cities, and the Plague in U.S. Imperial History (c. 1899–1915)

Andrea Wiegeshoff

Part II: Urban-Maritime Space and Migrant Experiences

6. "You Cannot Pass": The Reception and Rejection of a Stranger in Helsingborg, 1744

Sari Nauman

7. The Transit Stage as a Migratory Experience: The Syrians in Marseille (1880–1920)

Céline Regnard

8. Migration, Maritime Labor, and Family: The Life Course of Carel Hendrik Bloebaum, 1848–1916

Kristof E. Loockx

9. Foreign Female Sex Workers in an Atlantic Port City: Elite Prostitution in Late Nineteenth-Century Antwerp

Hilde Greefs and Anne Winter

10. Entangling the Past and the Present: The Place of Port Cities in Self-Narratives of German-Speaking Forty-Eighters

Sarah Panter

11. Labor Mobility and Migrations in the Barcelona Docks, c. 1900–1950

Jordi Ibarz

Epilogue: What Do Histories of Migration Tell Us About Port Cities?

Joseph Prestel

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Christina Reimann is a researcher at Stockholm University and at Södertörn University.

Martin Öhman is a researcher at Gothenburg University.