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Integration in IrelandThe Everyday Lives of African Migrants$
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Fiona Murphy and Mark Maguire

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086946

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086946.001.0001

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Taxis, deregulation and racism in Irish border towns

Taxis, deregulation and racism in Irish border towns

(p.16) 1 Taxis, deregulation and racism in Irish border towns
Integration in Ireland

Mark Maguire

Fiona Murphy

Manchester University Press

In September 2009 the radio station LMFM hosted a live debate on racial tensions in the taxi industry in Drogheda. Allegations were made about African-born drivers operating unlicensed taxis and failing to use photo IDs – according to one commentator, ‘They all look much the same to the general public’. This chapter takes this incident as a starting point from which to explore the ways in which the taxi industry has become a key a site of racialization and labour integration in Ireland. The chapter discusses migrant drivers’ hopes for upward social mobility but also attends to their everyday experiences of racism and discrimination in an industry characterized by government at a distance, liberalization, and extraordinary work pressures. The chapter also pays particular attention to the role of rumours within the local cultural landscape.

Keywords:   Taxis, Deregulation, Racialization, Neo-liberalism, Mobility

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