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THE BOOK OWES a huge debt of gratitude to the wisdom, inspiration, feedback and mentorship provided by Paul Gilroy, Suki Ali and Vron Ware. The book’s steadfast focus and determined attempt to bring what is imminent to the surface is down to you.

I am also deeply grateful to the scholars based in Italy who supported me in numerous ways with understanding Napoli, organising the project, going into the field and then writing it up: Iain Chambers, Lidia Curti, Gianluca Gatta, Fabio Amato, Nick Dines, Enrica Rigo, Gabriele Proglio, Silvana Carotenuto and Miguel Mellino. Thanks particularly to Gianluca for reading and commenting at length on one of the later drafts of the book.

I am immensely grateful to all the people who welcomed me onto their market stalls and shared their working day with me, in good times and bad: Gennaro, Alfonso, Serigne, Riccardo, Sohna, Elage, Moussa, Comfort, Ibra, Salvatore, Giovanni, Modou, Ciro, Titti, Alessandro, Giuseppe, Peppe, Christopher and Ku.

Thanks to my editor at Manchester University Press and the editors of the Racism, Resistance and Social Change series for their enthusiasm about this project. Thanks to the reviewers for their helpful feedback and clarity.

Thanks, and great affection also, to my friends and colleagues in the UK for motivating and inspiring me over the years: Nabila Munawar, Helen Kim, Malcolm James, Naaz Rashid, Manal Massalha, Liene Ozolina, Ruth Sheldon, Rachel Faulkner-Gurstein, Richard Bramwell, Sanjiv Lingayah, Olivia Mena, Linda Lund Pedersen, Katherine Robinson, Ed Wall, Maria Norris, Niamh Hayes, Adam Elliot-Cooper and Sivamohan Valluvan. Thanks to London NYLON, and the wider REPS network. Thanks also to my dear friends Chiara, June, Kara, Lina, Beca and Augusta for both reading my chapters and dragging me away from them. In Napoli I must thank my friends in anti-racism for their help in setting up my fieldwork and, later on, their friendship, support and will to change things: Alfonso de Vito, Andreina Lopes Pinto, Antonella Zarilli, Asli Ahmed Abdulle, Louis Benjamin Ndong, Omar Elhadji Ndiaye, Papa Gueye Massamba, Pap Loume, Pierre Preira, Rosanna Sirignano, Sasà and Salvio Wu. A special thanks to Antonella and Papa for fact-checking some of the events I describe in the book and for their insights on the machinations of immigration legislation.

A very special thanks to my parents Luigia and Bill, my grandparents Mario, Lucrezia, Ken and Doris, my godmother Amanda, and all my family in Italy for their unfailing support and encouragement. Thanks to my late Nonna Lucrezia for her stories and the excellent example she provided with a life that, in the end, was well lived and totally brilliant, despite the external limitations placed upon her. Thanks to Zia Carmela for reading drafts and correcting my Neapolitan spelling. Extraordinary thanks to Joanna and Dario.

And, finally, this is for Malle, who is on every page; and for Seynabou, who arrived a bit later on to help me finish the job.

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Race talk

Languages of racism and resistance in Neapolitan street markets


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