Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge
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In Drift, Jeff Ferrell shows how dislocation and disorientation can become phenomena in their own right. Examining the history of drifting, he situates contemporary drift within today’s economic, legal, and cultural dynamics. He also highlights a distinctly North American form of drift—that of the train-hopping hobo—by tracing the hobo’s legal and political history and by detailing his own immersion in the world of contemporary train-hoppers. Along the way, Ferrell sheds light on the ephemeral intensity of drifting communities and explores the contested politics of drift: the strategies that legal authorities employ to control drifters in the interest of economic development, the social and spatial dislocations that these strategies ironically exacerbate, and the ways in which drifters create their own slippery forms of resistance. Ferrell concludes that drift constitutes a necessary subject of social inquiry and a way of revitalizing social inquiry itself, offering as it does new models for knowing and engaging with the contemporary world.
Praise For Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge…
— The Quietus
"The imagination lying behind the words on the page is a delight to be exposed to. I doubt you will read a more enjoyable and thought-provoking book for some time to come. So treat yourself: give some time to this one. It willnot disappoint."
— The British Journal of Criminology
“Well researched and rich in human stories, it is also thoroughly informed by passion and respect and, as such, it is a truly inspirational work.”
— Ethnography and Qualitative Research
"A gripping, eminently readable account and cultural analysis of connected sociopolitical and cultural events, and the narrative defines the concept of drift and situates it in the context of global and local capitalism, glocalization, and most importantly, the experience of drifters. . . . This book is excellent; it deserves to be read, shared, and used by those both within and outside or academia."
— American Journal of Sociology
University of California Press, 9780520295551, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 16, 2018