Bounded Mobilities: Ethnographic Perspectives on Social Hierarchies and Global Inequalities

Bounded Mobilities: Ethnographic Perspectives on Social Hierarchies and Global Inequalities


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Mobility is a byword of late modernity that suggests an increasingly unrestrained and interconnected world of individual opportunities. However, as privileges enable some to live in a seemingly borderless world, others remain excluded and marginalized. Boundaries are created, modified, and consolidated, particularly in times of hypermobility. Evidently mobility is closely tied to immobility. This volume features ethnographic research that challenges the concept of mobility from the perspective of social inequality and global hierarchies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837631234
Publisher: Transcript Verlag, Roswitha Gost, Sigrid Nokel u. Dr. Karin Werner
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Series: Culture and Social Practice
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Miriam Gutekunst is completing her Ph.D on the meaning of love and marriage in the context of the European Border Regime at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Andreas Hackl is based at the School for Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he is a Ph.D candidate in social anthropology.

Sabina Leoncini obtained her Ph.D in 2014 at Florence University, working on mixed education in Jaffa, and her MA in anthropology in 2008 with a thesis on the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank.

Julia Sophia Schwarz has recently done research on the topic of global care work.

Irene Götz is a full professor of European ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Table of Contents

Mobility and Immobility: Background of the Project Irene Götz 9

Im/mobilities in Subjects and Systems Elena Bougleux 13

I Introduction

Bounded Mobilities: An Introduction Andreas Hackl Julia Sophia Schwarz Miriam Gutekunst Sabina Leoncini 19

Critical Mobility Studies as a Political Middle-Ground? Bruno Riccio 35

II Identities and Boundaries

"So, now I am Eritrean": Mobility Strategies and Multiple Senses of Belonging between Local Complexity and Global Immobility Osvaldo Costantini Aurora Massa 41

Stigmatised Mobility and the Everyday Politics of (In)visibility: The Intricate Pathways of Palestinians in Tel Aviv Andreas Hackl 59

From one Side of the Wall to the Other: The Deconstruction of a Physical and Symbolic Barrier between Israel and the West Bank Sabina Leoncini 75

III Imagination and Time

(Im)mobility, Urbanism and Belonging: Being Immobile and Dreaming Mobility in Greece Eleni Sideri 95

On Being Stuck in the Wrong Life: Home-Longing, Movement and the Pain of Existential Immobility Annika Lems Christine Moderbacher 113

Mobility in a Congealed Room? Asylum Seekers (in Munich) between Institutionalised Immobility and Self-Mobilisation Julia Sophia Schwarz 129

Small-Scale Mobility and National Border Politics: Western European Border Formation in the Nineteenth Century Katrin Lehnert 145

IV Gendered Im/Mobilities

From the "Periphery" to the "Centre": Cross-Border Marriages between Mainland Chinese Women and Hong Kong Men Avital Binah-Pollak 165

Dislocating Punjabiyat: Gendered Mobilities among Indian Diasporas in Italy Sara Bonfanti 183

V Virtual Im/Mobilities

"The World Has no Limits, so Why Should You?": Migration through Marriage in Times of Increasing Digitalization and Securitization of Borders Miriam Gutekunst 209

Virtual Im_mobilities: Three Ethnographic Examples of Socialised Media Usage, Civic Empowerment and Coded Publics Daniel Kunzelmann 223

VI Fixations Within Mobility and Multilocality

The Economic Diaspora: The Triple Helix of Im/mobilisation in the Hype about Migration and Development Maria Schwertl 245

The Experience of Multilocal Living: Mobile Immobilities or Immobile Mobilities? Cédric Duchêne-Lacroix Monika Götzö Katrin Sontag 265

Conceptual Notes on the Freedom of Movement and Bounded Mobilities Noel B. Salazar 283

List of Authors 291

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