Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
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Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration

Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri

Border walls, shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, separated families at the border, island detention camps: migration is at the centre of contemporary political and academic debates. This ground-breaking Handbook offers an exciting and original analysis of critical research on themes such as these, drawing on cutting-edge theories from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars. With a focus on spatial analysis and geographical context, this volume highlights a range of theoretical, methodological and regional approaches to migration research, while remaining attuned to the underlying politics that bring critical scholars together.
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Chapter 8: Seasonal migration and the working-class laboringbody in India

Anu Sabhlok


This chapter follows the seasonal journeys of migrant laborers in India. It pays particular attention to the pains and pleasures experienced by their laboring bodies. Retaining an emphasis on embodied experiences, the author discusses how these are constituted based on the laborers’ gender, caste and regional identity. The author argues for the need to incorporate the migrant journey into studies of migration moving beyond the sole focus on source and destination points. The seasonality and circularity of the journey is an important aspect of the migrant experience. The narratives of circular migrants have a lot to tell us about uneven development and socio-cultural differences within India and how these spatial disparities and diversities affect the material body of the laborer.

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