Migration, Identity, and Belonging: Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland

1st Edition

Margaret E. Franz, Kumarini Silva

February 17, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9781138602908 - CAT# K388217
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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This volume responds to the question: How do you know when you belong to a country? In other words, when is the nation-state a homeland? The boundaries and borders defining who belongs and who does not proliferate in the age of globalization, although they may not coincide with national jurisdictions. Contributors to this collection engage with how these boundaries are made and sustained, examining how belonging is mediated by material relations of power, capital, and circuits of communication technology on the one side and representations of identity, nation, and homeland on the other. The authors’ diverse methodologies, ranging from archival research, oral histories, literary criticism, and ethnography attend to these contradictions by studying how the practices of migration and identification, procured and produced through global exchanges of bodies and goods that cross borders, foreclose those borders to (re)produce, and (re)imagine the homeland and its boundaries.

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