Migration, Identity, and Belonging: Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Migration, Identity, and Belonging

Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland, 1st Edition

Edited by Margaret E. Franz, Kumarini Silva


200 pages

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This volume responds to the question: How do you know when you belong to a country? In other words, when is the nation-state a homeland? The boundaries and borders defining who belongs and who does not proliferate in the age of globalization, although they may not coincide with national jurisdictions. Contributors to this collection engage with how these boundaries are made and sustained, examining how belonging is mediated by material relations of power, capital, and circuits of communication technology on the one side and representations of identity, nation, and homeland on the other. The authors’ diverse methodologies, ranging from archival research, oral histories, literary criticism, and ethnography attend to these contradictions by studying how the practices of migration and identification, procured and produced through global exchanges of bodies and goods that cross borders, foreclose those borders to (re)produce, and (re)imagine the homeland and its boundaries.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On (Non)Belonging—Kumarini Silva and Margaret Franz

Section I: Territory, Sovereignty, and Legal Geographies

1. "When is a Migrant a Refugee?": The Recognition of Central American Migration and Social Death—China Medel

2. Competency" as threshold of (non)belonging in the making of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and in #noDAPL—Margaret Franz

Section II: Mediated Circuits of Belonging

3. South by Southeast: Indian Cinema and Hmong Refugee Temporalities—Jigna Desai

4. "Cosmopolitanism and Intellectual Mobility: Spatial and Communicative Considerations"—Miyase Christensen and Jenny Jansdotter

5. Nations under attack? Media construction of nationhood during the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe—Myria Georgiou

Section III: III. Narrating the Family, Narrating the Homeland

6. "Three Continents, Two Colonies and One Family: Chinese-Jamaicans as a Nation without a State"—Jennifer Ho

7. Gender, Nostalgia, and Deterritorialization in Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us"—Ariana Vigil and Alicia Munoz

About the Editors

Margaret Franz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa. She researches legal communication as it relates to race, coloniality, and national belonging. Her current project investigates the evolution of citizenship status in the United States by analyzing how official methods of interpretation coevolve with and respond to vernacular legal cultures that challenge state authority to define and enforce citizenship status. Her work on the cultural politics of birthright citizenship has appeared in Social Identities, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

Kumarini Silva is Associate Professor of Communication the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and co-editor of Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture (Palgrave UK, 2015). She current research extends the exploration of racialized identification in Brown Threat to understand how affective relationships, especially calls to and of love, animate regulatory practices that are deeply cruel and alienating.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies