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Displacement, Belonging, and Migrant Agency in the Face of Power

Edited By

Tamar Mayer


Trinh Tran

ISBN 9780367772932
Published June 29, 2022 by Routledge
364 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book centres the voices and agency of migrants by refocusing attention on the diversity and complexity of human mobility when seen from the perspective of people on the move; in doing so, the volume disrupts the binary logics of migrant/refugee, push/pull, and places of origin/destination that have informed the bulk of migration research.

Drawn from a range of disciplines and methodologies, this anthology links disparate theories, approaches, and geographical foci to better understand the spectrum of the migratory experience from the viewpoint of migrants themselves. The book explores the causes and consequences of human displacement at different scales (both individual and community-level) and across different time points (from antiquity to the present) and geographies (not just the Global North but also the Global South). Transnational scholars across a range of knowledge cultures advance a broader global discourse on mobility and migration that centres on the direct experiences and narratives of migrants themselves.

Both interdisciplinary and accessible, this book will be useful for scholars and students in Migration Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, Geography, and Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Displacement, belonging, and migrant agency in the face of power: challenging paradigms in migration studies

Tamar Mayer and Trinh Tran

Part I Regimes of belonging

Chapter 2 Out of place in antiquity

Elena Isayev

Chapter 3 Reimagining "refugee" protection: beyond improving the status quo

Jennifer Hyndman

Chapter 4 Governance of migration in South Asia: the need for a decolonial approach

Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury

Chapter 5 Lives on the move: experiences of exclusion, vulnerability, and resilience of Venezuelan forced migrants in Peru

Luisa Feline Freier and Andrea Kvietok

Part II Drivers of displacement

Chapter 6 War and forced migration in medieval Iberia (1085–1266): between Al-Andalus and the feudal world

J. Santiago Palacios

Chapter 7 Migration and modern slavery: perspectives in Africa to Europe migration

Olayinka Akanle

Chapter 8 The anxious integration of former enclave or "new" citizens in North Bengal, India

Nasreen Chowdhory and Shamna Thacham Poyil

Chapter 9 Climate and non-climate stressors, internal migration, and belonging in Ghana

Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong and Dinko Haanaan Dinko

Chapter 10 Henancun in Beijing, a parallel society in the making

Jia Feng and Guo Chen

Part III Re-creating home away from home

Chapter 11 Uprooted: living between two worldsGerman postwar refugee: narratives on displacement and exile

Andreas Kossert and Tamar Mayer

Chapter 12 Palestine in exile: blurring the boundaries and re-creating the homeland

Anne Irfan

Chapter 13 Displacement, diaspora, and statelessness: framing the Kurdish case

Naif Bezwan and Janroj Yilmaz Keles

Chapter 14 What makes a place a home?: Syrian refugees’ narratives on belonging in Turkey

Doğuş Şimşek

Chapter 15 "This is about making family": creating communities of belonging in schools serving refugee-background students

Shawna Shapiro

Part IV Gender, sexuality, age, and belonging

Chapter 16 "I Am Not Alone": Rohingya women negotiating home and belonging in Bangladesh’s refugee camps

Farhana Rahman and Nafay Choudhury

Chapter 17 Journeys of belonging: Latina migrant lesbians in Long Beach, California

Sandibel Borges

Chapter 18 The welfare state and affective citizenship in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen

Ben Suzuki Graves

Chapter 19 Navigating the regime of illegality: experiences of migration and racialization among 1.5-generation Mexican migrant women

Heidy Sarabia, Laura Zaragoza, and Alejandra Aguilar

Part V Challenges to migration research

Chapter 20 Refusal and migration research: New possibilities for feminist social science

Emily Mitchell-Eaton and Kate Coddington

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Tamar Mayer is the Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA.

Trinh Tran is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Education Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA.