Transnational Dwelling and Objects of Connection : An Ethnological Contribution to Critical Studies of Migration

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Transnational Dwelling and Objects of Connection : An Ethnological Contribution to Critical Studies of Migration
Author Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2019
English abstract
The article argues that empirical attention should be given to migrants’ personal engagements with the materiality of transnational dwelling, notably to ob- jects of everyday use. Such objects carried, sent and received across national borders facilitate familiar material practices that, in their turn, help the migrants to feel at home in different locations. At the same time, they lend a sense of connection between migrants, those who stayed behind and homes located in different countries. Positioned at the intersection between ethnology, migration research and studies of material culture, the article draws on Levitt and Glick Schiller’s analytical distinction between the ways of being and the ways of belonging, Bourdieu’s notion of habitus, and Hage’s discussion of hexis. It suggests that ethnographic research on mundane objects in the context of transnational dwelling can destabilize the ways migrants are thought of in terms of difference and, thereby, contribute to critical studies of migration.
Publisher Waxmann Verlag GmbH
Host/Issue Journal of European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis (JEECA);Special Issue 1
ISSN 2511-2473
ISBN 978-3-8309-3954-2
Page 28-45
Language eng (iso)
Subject migration
transnational dwelling
being and belonging
habitus
hexis
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27742 Permalink to this page
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