From Textile Mills to Taxi Ranks: Experiences of Migration, Labour, and Social Change

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Ashgate, Jan 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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Contemporary academic studies on economic activity and South Asians in Britain have tended to concentrate on self-employment and entrepreneurial business success, and it may be possible to forget that many South Asians came to Britain to work in declining manufacturing industries. The phrase from textile mills to taxi ranks is not only a metonym for the movement to a service sector economy, but also presents a shift in place of work for many (Azad) Kahmiri/Pakistani men. The author explores the way in which issues of employment, work, income generation and economic status affect, and are affected by, a section of the Mirpuri/Pakistani community based in Oldham.

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Dr Virinder S. Kalra is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He has written extensively on the South Asian diaspora and his doctoral work focused on a group of Kashmiris who had migrated to the U.K. He was co-editor of the book A Postcolonial People: South Asians in

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