Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.

Ethnic Enclaves and Ethnic Economies

Ethnic enclaves and ethnic economies

Definition: Ethnic economies consist of businesses or sectors that are dominated by members of particular immigrant/ethnic groups. There are two main types: an ethnic ownership economy (with ethnic enclave economies as a variant or subtype) and an ethnic-controlled economy.

In most metropolitan areas, we have become accustomed to seeing certain ethnic or immigrant groups having a concentrated presence in specific neighbourhoods, running businesses (usually small ones) in certain industries, or holding particular types of jobs in large numbers. These are ethnic enclave economies, such as Chinatowns, Greektowns and Koreatowns, Little Italies and Indias, where entrepreneurs from specific ethnic or immigrant groups have established businesses catering to a mostly co-ethnic clientele and employing mostly co-ethnic family, friends ...

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