Postcolonial migrations

Susan P. Mains, Mary Gilmartin, Declan Cullen, Robina Mohammad, Divya P. Tolia-Kelly, Parvati Raghuram, Jamie Winders

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Abstract

In this commentary, we argue for the relevance and importance of postcolonial theory to the study of migration and mobility. Building on a panel discussion at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, we highlight a number of different ways in which this could take place. We suggest three possible interventions: stretching the boundaries of the spaces of the postcolonial; interrogating the spatial connections that are forged between disparate places through migration; and challenging singular or hierarchical notions of identity and/or place. In these ways, we conclude that postcolonial theory can complicate and enhance our understanding of migration, and that attention to migration research could, in turn, facilitate a 'social turn' for postcolonial geographies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • identity
  • migration
  • place
  • postcolonial theory
  • power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies

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