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Questions of Home and Migration

ISBN 9781859736296
Published August 6, 2020 by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

New forms of transnational mobility and diasporic belonging have become emblematic of a supposed ‘global' condition of uprootedness. Yet much recent theorizing of our so-called ‘postmodern' life emphasizes movement and fluidity without interrogating who and what is ‘on the move'. This original and timely book examines the interdependence of mobility and belonging by considering how homes are formed in relationship to movement. It suggests that movement does not only happen when one leaves home, and that homes are not always fixed in a single location. Home and belonging may involve attachment and movement, fixation and loss, and the transgression and enforcement of boundaries. What is the relationship between leaving home and the imagining of home itself? And having left home, what might it mean to return? How can we re-think what it means to be grounded, or to stay put? Who moves and who stays? What interaction is there between those who stay and those who arrive and leave? Focusing on differences of race, gender, class and sexuality, the contributors reveal how the movements of bodies and communities are intrinsic to the making of homes, nations, identities and boundaries. They reflect on the different experiences of being at home, leaving home, and going home. They also explore ways in which attachment to place and locality can be secured - as well as challenged - through the movements that make up our dwelling places.Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration is a groundbreaking exploration of the parallel and entwined meanings of home and migration. Contributors draw on feminist and postcolonial theory to explore topics including Irish, Palestinian, and indigenous attachments to ‘soils of significance'; the making of and trafficking across European borders; the female body as a symbol of home or nation; and the shifting grounds of ‘queer' migrations and ‘creole' identities.This innovative analysis will open up avenues of research an

Table of Contents

PlatesNotes on contributorsSECTION 1: BODIES AT HOME AND AWAY1.still call Australia home: Indigenous belonging and place in a postcolonising societyAileen Moreton-Robinson 2. The home of language: a pedagogy of the stammerSneja Gunew3.‘Dis-orientalisms': displaced bodies/embodied displacements in contemporary Palestinian artGannit Ankori4. Taking (a) place: female embodiment and the re-grounding of communityIrene GedalofSECTION 2: FAMILY TIES5. Making home: queer migrations and motions of attachmentAnne-Marie Fortier6. Nostalgia, desire, diaspora: South Asian sexualities in motionGayatri Gopinath7. Global modernities and the gendered epic of the ‘Irish Empire'Breda Gray8. ‘They're family!': cultural geographies of relatedness in popular genealogyCatherine NashSECTION 3: TRANS/NATIONS AND BORDER CROSSINGS9. Transporting the subject: technologies of mobility and location in an era of globalisationCaren Kaplan10. Technological frontiers and the politics of mobilityGinette Verstraete11. The Difference Borders Make: (Il)legality, Migration and Trafficking in Italy among eastern European Women in ProstitutionRutvica Andrejasevic 12. Creolization in discourses of global cultureMimi Sheller

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Sara Ahmed Lecturer in Women's Studies,University of Lancaster Claudia Castañeda Lecturer in Women's Studies, University of Lancaster Anne-Marie Fortier Lecturer in Sociology, University of Lancaster Mimi Sheller Lecturer in Sociology, University of Lancaster