Chapter 5: Situated glossaries of (ir)regular migration
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Who defines a process, person or activity as regular or irregular, as migration or not migration, and migrant or not migrant? In this chapter, we wish to guide processes of seeing oneself in relation to the processes producing some bodies as regular and some as irregular that are constantly also shape-shifting, crystallising, merging and re-emerging. We offer tools to develop situated glossaries of ir/regular migration through relational biographical methods inspired from Minha’s Mirror-Writing Box, Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed, and imaginal methods from Beuys’ notion of social sculpture. Our wish is to attend to the violent terminology of ‘ir/regular migration’ by inviting ourselves and the reader into the practice of producing situated glossaries. This invitation is to move away from disembodied knowledges about ir/regular migration, to situated knowledges emerging from active imaginal processes based on one’s own lived experiences in relation to processes producing ir/regularity.

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