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.
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
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.
To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies