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 22: Revisiting diaspora as process: timespace, performative diasporas?

Elizabeth Mavroudi

Abstract

There are tensions between the roots and routes of diaspora, on the one hand, stressing fluid, hybrid lives and identities ‘on the move’ whilst, on the other, the constant striving for connectedness with, and belonging to, the homeland. These dynamic boundary (de)constructions can be empowering, but also problematic for those in diaspora and serve as a reminder that we need to pay attention to the complex power relations, materiality, ambivalence and potential challenges of living, feeling and belonging in diaspora. For geographers, one of the main concerns has been to flesh out the materialities and emotionalities of diaspora through a grounding of place, and the explorations of spaces and times which affect the diasporic experience. In this chapter the author builds upon these themes by focusing on two cross-cutting and inter-linking themes as a means of further engaging with the notion of diaspora as process: diasporas and timespace and linkages between diasporas, mobilities and non-representational theory or diasporas as performed and negotiated. In doing so, the author also seeks to highlight the important role that geographers can play in debating such issues, and in making theoretical contributions to conceptualising diaspora.

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