This book critically examines the question of migration that appears at the intersection of global neo-liberal transformation, postcolonial politics, and economy. It analyses the specific ways in which colonial relations are produced and reproduced in global migratory flows and their consequences for labour, human rights, and social justice. The postcolonial age of migration not only indicates a geopolitical and geo-economic division of the globe between countries of the North and those of the South marked by massive and mixed population flows from the latter to the former, but also the production of these relations within and among the countries of the North. The book discusses issues such as transborder flows among countries of the South; migratory movements of the internally displaced; growing statelessness leading to forced migration; border violence; refugees of partitions; customary and local practices of care and protection; population policies and migration management (both emigration and immigration); the protracted nature of displacement; labour flows and immigrant labour; and the relationships between globalisation, nationalism, citizenship, and migration in postcolonial regions. It also traces colonial and postcolonial histories of migration and justice to bear on the present understanding of local experiences of migration as well as global social transformations while highlighting the limits of the fundamental tenets of humanitarianism (protection, assistance, security, responsibility), which impact the political and economic rights of vast sections of moving populations.
Topical and an important intervention in contemporary global migration and refugee studies, the book offers new sources, interpretations, and analyses in understanding postcolonial migration. It will be useful to scholars and researchers of migration studies, refugee studies, border studies, political studies, political sociology, international relations, human rights and law, human geography, international politics, and political economy. It will also interest policymakers, legal practitioners, nongovernmental organisations, and activists.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Introduction: Revisiting The Age of Migration
Chapter 2: Context, Concepts, and Method
Chapter 3: Migrants in an Earlier Age of Globalisation
Chapter 4: The Labouring Subject of Refugee Economies
Chapter 5: Postcolonial Footprints of the Ecological Migrants
Chapter 6: The Spectral Presence of the Migrant
Chapter 7: Insecure Nation, Insecure Migrant
Chapter 8: The Postcolonial Nature of Europe’s Migration Crisis
Chapter 9: Statelessness and the Lost World of Citizenship
Chapter 10: Postcolonial Marks on the Principle of Responsibility
Chapter 11: The Roadmap of Global Power and Responsibility
Ranabir Samaddar is Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India. He belongs to the critical school of thinking and is considered as one of the foremost theorists in migration and forced migration studies. His writings on migration, forms of labour, urbanisation, and political struggles have signalled a new turn in postcolonial thinking. Among his influential works is The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (1999). His recent works are Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (2018); The Crisis of 1974: Railway Strike and the Rank and File (2016); and Beyond Kolkata: Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination (2014, co-authored).