Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Disrupting migration stories: reading life histories through the lens of mobility and fixity

It has been argued that the ‘mobility turn’ is overcelebratory regarding human movement across space. Yet, critical studies of mobilities have emerged that refute this, demonstrating how various forms and aspects of mobility are bound up with unequal power relations. This paper engages with debates over migration and mobility through an in-depth analysis of three life history interviews recorded in England in 2011. The subjects of the interviews are all men in their fifties and sixties of South Asian heritage, who moved to England as minors, and who, as adults, worked in factories for at least three years. The stories in all their affectivity and sensuousness disrupt standard tropes regarding migration and contribute to our understanding of the relations between mobility, fixity, ‘race’, and class. The built-in historical perspective shows how, looking back, someone who may once have migrated across inte rnational borders does not necessarily see that as the most significant moment in their life; how someone’s past moves within a nation-state may have greater significance to them than their moves into it; how people who move at one point can also be stuck, reluctantly immobile, at another; and how both the representations and materiality of mobility and fixity are imbued with, and reproduce, class inequality and racisms.

[Read full article in Society and Space website]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on Thursday, 6 August 2015 by in Migration and tagged , , , .
Culture and Capitalism

A Sussex University Anthropology blog

Rethinking international development

Alternative paradigms, practices and challenges

the city inside out

a blog on gender, citizenship and urban life

From Rurban to Urban

Reinventing the Finnish City

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

Economic Sociology and Political Economy

The global academic community of researchers, students and activists interested in Economic Sociology and Political Economy (run by Oleg Komlik)

UrbandialoguesBlog

Individuals "...are therefore bigger than the world, because their worlds include not only the world considered as a whole but also many of its parts." - Lévy, 2013

Real-World Economics Review Blog

Posts are by authors of papers published in the RWER. Anyone may comment.

misplacedhabits

Just another WordPress.com site

Progressive Geographies

Thinking about place and power - a site written and curated by Stuart Elden

Another WORD is Possible

Words & Fotos ON / All rights reserved © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

{FAVEL issues}

urban informality + urban development

Wait... What?

bridging community development and technology

According...to Law

Foreigners' Rights and Layman's Legal Overview for Thailand

Journal of Contemporary Asia

News about the journal, new articles, free downloads and more

Som Tam. Anytime.

Je procrastine (beaucoup). Mais des fois j'écris (un peu).

Perspectives in Anthropology

an internet-based anthropology magazine

AID LEAP

A motley group of international aid bloggers, practitioners, and critics. Interested in impact, poverty, evidence, and throwing things off planes.

Yanis Varoufakis

THOUGHTS FOR THE POST-2008 WORLD

Michael Roberts Blog

blogging from a marxist economist

The Urban Technologist

People. Place. Technology.

UGEC Viewpoints

A Blog on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change

Dave Briggs

Technology strategy and public policy

Unimaginary Places

A Normal-ish Geography Blog

The Disorder Of Things

For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010

%d bloggers like this: