Migrants of Identity (Ethnicity and Identity Series): Perceptions of Home in a World of Movement

Migrants of Identity (Ethnicity and Identity Series): Perceptions of Home in a World of Movement

by Nigel Rapport
     
 

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Global movement is commonly characterized as one of the quintessential experiences of our age. Market forces, territorial conflicts and environmental changes uproot an increasing number of people, while mass communication, travel, tourism, and a global market of commodities, texts, tastes, fashions and ideologies place individuals more than ever in a global arena.

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Global movement is commonly characterized as one of the quintessential experiences of our age. Market forces, territorial conflicts and environmental changes uproot an increasing number of people, while mass communication, travel, tourism, and a global market of commodities, texts, tastes, fashions and ideologies place individuals more than ever in a global arena. As traditional conceptions of individuals as members of stationary, fixed and separate societies and cultures no longer convince, to what extent does movement become central to individuals' self-conceptions? How do people cultivate, negotiate, nurture and maintain an identity? To what extent do individuals become ‘migrants of identity' whose home is movement?

Defining ‘home' as ‘where one best knows oneself', this pioneering book explores the various ways in which people perceive themselves to be ‘at home' in today's world. Through a series of case studies, authors show that for a world of travellers, labour migrants, exiles and commuters, ‘home' comes to be found in behavioural routines and techniques, in styles of dress and address, in memories, myths and stories, in jokes and opinions. In short, people who live their lives in movement make sense of their lives as movement.

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“The papers in this book have much to say about contemporary identity within the context of home and the fluidity of 'home' for many people at the end of the twentieth century. The volume will be of value to anthropologists and others addressing issues of identity and home in the context of some of the great migrations of this era.” —Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford
Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

The papers in this book have much to say about contemporary identity within the context of home and the fluidity of 'home' for many people at the end of the twentieth century. The volume will be of value to anthropologists and others addressing issues of identity and home in the context of some of the great migrations of this era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859739990
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Ethnicity and Identity Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Rapport is a Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies, at the University of St. Andrews.

Andrew Dawson is at the University of Hull.

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