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Struggles for Home: Violence, Hope, and the Movement of People
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2008 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Based on anthropological studies across the globe, this book explores the experiences and contested meanings of 'home' for people whose lives are characterized by migration related to varying forms of violence. Taking seriously the political implications and exploitation of discourses of 'home' in the global processes that connect yet differently affect the movement of people and capital, it challenges the sedentarist assumption that territoriality and nation are necessarily the primary determinants of identification. However, it does not replace this sedentarism with a free floating, placeless approach. Instead, through the detailed ethnography of actual experiences of displacement and emplacement, it investigates the power sedentarist discourses may have to provide or prohibit hope.

Research conducted in Sri Lanka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Zambia, Cyprus, the Palestinian West Bank, Guatemala, and among Romanians and Moroccans in Spain contributes pieces to a complex puzzle through the articulation of a novel theoretical framework. In sum, this book makes an important contribution to the development of a critical political anthropology of one of the most controversial and fascinating issues of our time - the remaking of 'home' in migration.

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Berghahn Books: Oxford and New York , 2008. , 208 p.
Dislocations, 3
Keyword [en]
Migration Studies, Anthropology, Politics & Economics
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-12944ISBN: 978-1-84545-523-1 (print)OAI: diva2:179464
Available from: 2008-02-21 Created: 2008-02-21Bibliographically approved

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