The Places We Share: Migration, Subjectivity, and Global Mobility

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While some people study globalization, others live their lives as global experiments. This book brings together people who do both. The authors or subjects of these studies are of diverse national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. What they have in common is a connection to Morocco. It is from this shared space that they draw on personal stories, fieldwork, and literary and linguistic analysis to provide a critical, socially reflexive response to the conceptions of culture, identity, and mobility that animate debates on migration and cosmopolitanism. On the trail of the Bedouin or Europe's new nomads and of Zaccarias Moussaoui Places We Share explores the relationship of mobility to subjectivity, and how physically moving can be a way of escaping the stigma of being an immigrant. Reading Rushdie, listening to Moroccan women converse in the UAE, or examining how the experience of serial migration can shape comparative ethnography we become more aware of how moving pushes us up against the limits of global experience. These limits must be recognized. They can be positively embraced to develop new ways of conceiving of ourselves, the world and our connections to others.

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MESA Bulletin
Because of the thematic...emphasis on Morocco, this collection will be of particular interest to social scientists working in the region, but it also makes a strong contribution to anthropology, the literature on migration, and critical media studies. Scholars of religion will find useful the essays demonstrating the complex facets of religious and cultural identity. The nuanced way many of the authors critique the notion of cosmopolitanism through lived experience is refreshing, and the diverse perspectives highlight the complex social positions of serial migrants in a world where movement among multiple cultures does not imply rootlessness but rather complex attachments to space and place.
Journal Of Ethnic and Migration Studies, July 1, 2009 - Theodoro Iosifides
This volume, edited by Susan 'ssman, deals with issues of great importance and relevance for our era. In an era where there is a widespread preoccupation with the quantitative categorisation of migrants' personal or collective characteristics, this book offers a quite different perspective which gives emphasis to subjectivity, identity fluidity, representations of mobility and space, and culture. Overall, this book is a valuable resource offering an alternative perspective on migration. It makes for a wonderful read!
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Meet the Author

Susan 'ssman is senior lecturer at Goldsmith's College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Power to Name and the Desire to be Named: State Policies and the Invisible Nomad Chapter 3 Zacarias Moussaoui: Moroccan Muslim? French Terrorist? Benighted Zealot? War Criminal? Serial Migrant? All of the Above? Chapter 4 From the Maghreb to the Mediterranean : Immigration and Transnational Location Chapter 5 Is It Possible to Be Both a Cosmopolitan and a Muslim? Chapter 6 A New Take on the Wandering Jew Chapter 7 Errance, Migration, and Male Sex Work: On the Socio-Cultural Sustainability of a Third Space Chapter 8 Moving into Morocco: Cosmopolitan Turn in the Medina Chapter 9 Trilateral Touchstones: Personal and Cultural Spaces Chapter 10 In Search of Tangier's Past Chapter 11 Positioning the Self, Identity, and Language: Moroccan Women on the Move Chapter 12 From Tribe to Virtual Tribe Chapter 13 Linked Comparisons for Life and Research

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