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Global conversations on refuge

At a time when the world is faced with an unprecedented and growing number of people being displaced around the world, scholars strive to make sense of what appear to be constantly unfolding “crises.” These attempts, however, often operate within niche and increasingly fragmented fields, thus making it difficult to develop a historically nuanced and theoretically informed understanding of how forced displacement is produced, managed, and experienced globally and locally. To advance such an understanding, this book offers an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to thinking about structures, spaces, and lived experiences of displacement. This is a collective effort by sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and migration studies scholars to develop new cross-regional conversations and theoretically innovative vocabularies in the work on forced displacement. We engage in a historical, transnational, interdisciplinary dialogue to offer different ways of theorizing about refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, and others that have been forcibly displaced. Our work opens critical discussions of forced displacement, drawing it together with other contemporary issues in different disciplines such as urbanization, securitization, race, and imperialism. The book brings together different regions and countries into dialogue with each other – from Latin America, to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, North America, South and Southeast Asia. The book, while being of particular interest to scholars of forced migration, will be an important text for those interested in studying the intersection between displacement and contemporary political, social, and economic issues.

Naming places at sea
Penny McCall Howard

chartplotter (Figure 11). Wullie’s Peak is one of many places that are part of trawler fishermen’s working practices and everyday conversations, yet are completely invisible from the sea’s surface and not related to any place on shore. Many of these places are the 5 55 From Wullie’s Peak to the Burma 55 Figure 11  Wullie’s Peak on the GPS chartplotter, on the right-​hand side about halfway up. The coloured lines are the GPS-​plotted traces made by the trawler while it was towing. Circles, crosses, triangles or hatched areas represent obstacles on the seafloor. Numbers

in Environment, labour and capitalism at sea
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Theses on homelessness, public space, and urban resistance
Sean Parson

”. These short theses are a distillation of my thoughts and arguments regarding these topics after years of research, activism, and engagement in the field. I do not make this as an expert attempting to foreclose conversation, but instead as an opening of a dialogue. As we move forward in the era of Trump, we need to engage with many of the ideas that are at the core of the theses and this book. As activists, teachers, and researchers (and hopefully all three) we need to remember that thinking and acting are not mutually exclusive activities. Our actions must be guided

in Cooking up a revolution
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Amy Levine

encountered prized pragmatism (siryongjuui) in some form. The frequent references to hyeonjang (field, site of historical importance, praxis) that peppered hundreds of conversations and interviews, the Introduction3 founding of new think-tanks that promised to connect ‘field and theory’ and that drew upon the historical ‘mass people movements (minjung undong)’ as well as the ‘practical study movements (sirhak undong)’, and the media and government discourses that explicitly called for pragmatism were all considered. In the remainder of this Introduction, I will describe

in South Korean civil movement organisations
Martyn Hammersley

Measurement is not the only channel through which ethnomethodology has had an influence on the field of research methodology. Somewhat later, conversation analysis (CA) played an important role, for instance in shaping the arguments underpinning much of the large body of discourse and narrative analysis that emerged in the 1980s, as well as influencing ethnographic 1 The term ‘ethnomethodology’ was not used in Cicourel’s book (and apparently Garfinkel did not use it in his teaching before 1964: see Wieder et al. 2010: n. 6), but Garfinkel’s work is discussed in detail by

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
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Bauman writing, reading and talking
Peter Beilharz

brought to bear by Tester and Bauman in their Conversations , but also contextualized with care and detail in the two volumes edited by Tester and his colleagues in two more invisible volumes published in 2005 and 2007: Bauman before Postmodernity ; and Bauman beyond Postmodernity. The first volume is close to our immediate interests here. It is intellectually sophisticated, but also bibliographical, textual and contextual in scope. Its title is like the joke that once came up from a young student of mine: Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings? Yes, there was a

in Intimacy in postmodern times
Exploring diversity through narrative métissage
Catherine Etmanski, Will Weigler and Grace Wong-Sneddon

eye-rolling and hallway conversations about strident frustrated females – I wasn’t yet brave enough for that. (Former sessional instructor) That commitment to, and relationship with Canada’s First Peoples1 doesn’t end when students graduate. Make it concrete – put something in the [University] Strategic Plan that is a specific commitment regarding hiring, retention, and promotion of Canada’s First Peoples as professional employees. (Technical support staff member) They never did come back to see if the building was being cleaned to their standards, which in fact

in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university
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Global conversations on refuge
Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

The impetus for this volume came from conversations that we shared about our work in the Middle East, in Europe, and in South Asia, and across disciplinary divides. We came from backgrounds in architecture, planning, and geography, on the one hand, and urban ethnography and political sociology, on the other, and have utilized different theoretical and methodological lenses to study questions of governance, agency, and politics. Our conversations converged on the need for more productive, nuanced, and contextualized ways of “doing refugee

in Displacement
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Peter Beilharz

said. ‘What brings you to Manchester?’ ‘Oh, I am working with the most important sociologist in the world. He lives in Leeds. He is a Pole, Zygmunt Bauman; do you know that name?’ He looked at me blank. Bauman … that is not a Polish name. He is not Polish. I was chilled. Our conversation ended. Janina had also come to love her adopted nation, which offered her the dream of belonging. She described with tenderness some of her early local encounters, when kindness to the stranger still applied. She said to this man, the stranger in the shop, that she was graceful

in Intimacy in postmodern times
Walking from the mundane to the marvellous
Morag Rose

the shape of the city and to experiment with creative, and playful, walking methods. More recently, for my PhD research, I walked with women to discuss their thoughts, feelings and experiences of Manchester. This chapter shares fieldwork notes and practical tips to develop walking methods at a variety of scales: lone wandering as way to understand everyday spaces; one-to-one walking interviews, because walking and talking together facilitates rich conversations about the environment; walking with groups of people who want

in Mundane Methods