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 21: Home and diaspora

Alison Blunt and Jayani Bonnerjee

Abstract

While the changing dynamics of home are central to experiences of transnational migration, they are widely understood to be particularly significant for people living in diaspora. In this chapter the authors explore the ways in which ideas about a ‘rift’ between diasporic ‘residence’ and ‘belonging’ – and between ‘here’ and ‘there’ – are both articulated and challenged through a focus on home. They do so in three main contexts: the contested relationships between ‘homeland’ and diaspora; diasporic home-making on a domestic scale; and the city as a site of diasporic belonging and attachment. Home and diaspora, and the connections between them, involve processes and practices of dwelling and mobility that unsettle not only fixed assumptions about place, but also about identity, ethnicity, culture and community.

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