Today and yesterday, I had the pleasure of conversing with a very mobile man who has moved around a lot, but who considers himself as remaining to be rooted in Palestine, and who qualifies himself as “half-Gazan, half-West Bank.” He said that many of his family members had perished in Gaza. He is safe here … Continue reading Affected by Encounters
Jackson, M. (2008). The shock of the new: on migrant imaginaries and critical transitions. Ethnos, 73(1), 57-72. This essay phenomenologically discusses the lifeworld of a young Sierra Leonean man, Sewa, who has noble roots in his home country, and who struggles with everyday life in London. The article, which takes the form of an ethnographic … Continue reading Annotation: Jackson. 2008. The shock of the new
Using the rhetoric of contrast, and using the imagery of two informants (the madman and the migrant) to explore Marxian historical consciousness and the anthropological concept of culture, the authors argue that first, “culture always intervenes directly in consciousness and its expression” (205). For example, how the Tshidi of South Africa contrast the concepts of … Continue reading Annotation: Comaroffs .1987. The madman and the migrant
Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip: Overseas Filipinos and Other Spectral Presences. In, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History: Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Rafael “inquire(s) into nationalist attempts at containing the dislocating effects of global capital through the collective mourning of its victims” (204). He argues that this … Continue reading Annotation: Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip
Fedyuk, Olena. 2012. Images of Transnational Motherhood: The Role of Photographs in Measuring Time and Maintaining Connections between Ukraine and Italy. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 38(2):279-300. The author uses pictures exchanged between Ukrainian women migrants in Italy and their families back home as “primary media,” in an “attempt to break the analytical 'unit' … Continue reading Fedyuk, Olena. 2012. Images of Transnational Motherhood
Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor. In, Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. Pp. 179-212. Rosalind Morris (ed.) New York: Columbia University Press. Cheah reopens Spivak's critique of Foucault by treating Foucauldian biopower as operating in the “new international division of power” … Continue reading Annotation: Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor.
Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization. Durham : Duke University Press. Tadiar “develops a theory and method of reading experience as living labor,” which she hopes will aid the “collective efforts to come to a new understanding of politics in the contemporary global moment” (4). Living labor … Continue reading Annotation: Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.
Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher, and Francesca Trivellato, eds. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond: Experiences since the Middle Ages. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books. The authors look at family and kinship through the lens of “production and circulation of goods” (1) among families across and beyond Europe from … Continue reading Annotation: Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, et al. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond.
de Sousa Santos, Boaventura. 2006. Globalizations. Theory, Culture & Society, 23: 393-399. The term "global" today refers to the processes and results of globalization. Globalization has two components: descriptive and prescriptive (hegemonic consensus; neoliberal consensus) (393). The idea of globalization as a "spontaneous, automatic, unavoidable and irreversible process," the author argues, must be seen as … Continue reading Annotation: de Sousa Santos, Boaventura. 2006. Globalizations.
Kearney, Michael. 1986. From the Invisible Hand to Visible Feet: Anthropological Studies of Migration and Development. Annual Review of Anthropology,15:331-361. Most anthropological work on migration, Kearney writes, takes the form of “migration and _____” (331). In the case of this article, Kearney pairs migration with development, and provides a comprehensive review of how anthropologists have … Continue reading Annotation: Kearney, Michael. 1986. From the Invisible Hand to Visible Feet