The Politics of Affect and Transborder Belongings
I call for rethinking ethnic return migration through the lens of transborder belongings. Based on analysis of the discursive processes that shape return migrants’ membership status and affective belonging in the domains of citizenship, kinship, and language, I reconceptualize the notions of border and belonging, and theorize the phenomenon of legacy migration. Along the way, I provide evidence of what legacy migrants do to create belonging in the liminal and interstitial spaces they encounter. Ultimately, I propose a more versatile framework for understanding ethnic return migration and its relationship with mobility and affect, which together reflect the multifaceted contexts of contemporary transnational migration.
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