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– Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1995), and Family Matters (2002), receive a host of literary prizes, and achieve recognition as one of the most important contemporary writers of postcolonial literature. Mistry draws his inspiration both from sharply recalled childhood experiences and from the upheavals of migration. However, as always with such intense and apparently personal narratives, the relationship between fiction and autobiography is hard to determine. Certainly there are overlaps between the events and life choices of the writer and some of his

in Rohinton Mistry
Ontological coordination and the assessment of consistency in asylum requests

the use of consistency as a decision criterion, let me move the narrative back to my field trip. After leaving São Paulo, I arranged meetings at Cáritas’s sister agency in Brasília, the Human Rights and Migration Institute (IMDH in Portuguese). My suspicion of checklist overviews was strengthened by the stories I heard there. Whenever examiners mentioned strong and weak claims, I made a point of

in Security/ Mobility

a dancing bear in a Kurdish village in Turkey, the hunting of a long-horned wild goat in the Taurus mountains on the border with Syria, and an encounter with an Iraqi desert police detachment mounted on camels. Eventually, however, the trio reached what was then Persia and is now Iran, where they met with Sir Arnold Wilson, chairman of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, and Gertrude Bell, the celebrated Near East specialist. It was Wilson who suggested to them that they should film the remarkable annual migration of the Bakhtiari sheep pastoralists

in Beyond observation
The structures of migration in Tales from Firozsha Baag

Tales from Firozsha Baag 27 2 ‘Throbbing between two lives’: the structures of migration in Tales from Firozsha Baag the further they go, the more they’ll remember, they can take it from me (TFB, 72) IN 1987, Rohinton Mistry’s first volume, a collection of linked short stories, was published in the United States as Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag, and in Canada and the United Kingdom as Tales from Firozsha Baag. It contained the two Hart House Prize-winning stories, ‘Auspicious Occasion’ and ‘One Sunday’, but also, in retrospect, can be

in Rohinton Mistry

7 Kinship, poor relief and the welfare process in early modern England Sam Barrett The poor in England Kinship, poor relief and the welfare process Overview – the ‘problem’ of kinship Historiographical writing on the depth and functionality of kinship in early modern England is limited. It is also contradictory. On the extent and depth of kinship networks, for instance, early commentators such as Peter Laslett were clear that English households tended to be relatively small and simple and that, because of demographic constraint (migration, ‘background

in The poor in England 1700–1850
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The clergy and emigration in practice

country’.12 Faced with such dramatic claims, many priests in Ireland felt compelled to deliver sermons that urged their congregations not to risk migration. In 1852, for example, the bishop and clergy of Killaloe responded to Fr Mullen’s counsel with a series of anti-emigration homilies and a concerted effort to prevent Nenagh Board of Guardians sending paupers to Canada.13 Some years later, Alexander Shand, a Times correspondent, reported Donegal priests ‘solemnly denouncing [emigration] from the altar, telling their flocks that it is better to save their souls in Holy

in Population, providence and empire
New stories on rafted ice

, just as anyone’ (Mauer, 2010). By the time a channel of ice-​free water was opened, the whales had been given names in both English (Bone, Bonnett and Crossbeak) and Inupiaq (Putu, Siku and Kanik). One whale died during the wait, but it was hoped that the two surviving, but weakened, whales had escaped via the channel opened by the Soviet icebreakers and resumed migration. 18 New stories on rafted ice     19 Figure 1  North Slope (USA) villagers passing a Soviet icebreaker, flying a Soviet flag in 1988. ‘Operation Breakthrough’ received high levels of media

in Arctic governance
Scenarios in south east Europe

, on colonisation. In fact, by the end of the second Balkan War (1912–13) a conspicuous migratory trend ensued, more or less forced, mainly towards Turkey or Albania. The migration was of ciftlik owners of Turk or Albanian descent who left the country anticipating changes to the rural property regime. Around 1913–14 indigenous families of Slav ancestry had already begun an unforeseen takeover of the deserted lands or were buying them at low prices (Roux 1992: 191). The governments of Serbia and Montenegro immediately tried to check this tendency. A law concerning the

in Potentials of disorder
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Competing claims to national identity

Ognjen Ïaldaroviç argued that this was a process that turned Croatia’s urban centres into villages: parochial, anti-modern and extremist.11 There was, he argued, a physical ruralisation of the cities. During the war there was migration from villages into cities and in particular a large migration of Bosnian Croats into Zagreb and Split. This migration produced social movements that sought to alter urban-cosmopolitan conceptions of national identity within Croatia’s metropolitan centres. The presence of larger numbers of rural Croats in urban centres tended to

in The formation of Croatian national identity

politics of mourning – and, hence, international action. One of the ‘places at risk’ owing to climate change are the Pacific Atolls, where the radical transformations of climate patterns have threatened the islands’ ‘unique biophysical systems and species; … unique material cultures, social orders, diets, stories, languages, habits, and skills’, causing migrations for the

in Recognition and Global Politics