[This text was originally published in AREA Chicago #9 in November 2009]
Discussions and experiments about alternative approaches to policy, politics and discourse on immigration and migration.
In this section we offer reports, profiles, histories, and reflections on places, movements, personal histories, and sociopolitical positions outside the center of population, the main currents of attention, or conventional experience. This may be another way of saying that Chicago (and any big urban center) is nothing if not a dense collection of edges, each one of them being informed by connections to people, places, and pasts just outside the changeable and shifting perimeters of usual reckoning. With work, with remembrance and learning, perhaps we can someday close these distances, not for the virtue of seeing all—an impossibility—but rather for better knowing where to look next.