1st Edition

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

Edited By Tamar Mayer, Trinh Tran Copyright 2022
    364 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.