Timespace and International Migration


Timespace and International Migration

9781786433220 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Elizabeth Mavroudi, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, Ben Page, Department of Geography, University College London and Anastasia Christou, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University, UK
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78643 322 0 Extent: 192 pp
Furthering understanding of the temporalities and spatialities of how people move across international boundaries, this book analyses how timespace intersects with migrant journeys as an integral aspect of the rhythms of daily lives. Individual chapters engage with these concepts by analysing a broad spectrum of migrations and mobilities, from youth mobility, to refugee migration, to gentrification, to food and to the political geography of the border.

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Seeking to re-energise debates on the relationship between human mobility and timespace, this book furthers our understanding of how people move by foregrounding both time and space in the analysis of different empirical migration stories. Though migration is often seen as inherently spatial, the way space is being imagined is rarely analysed, whilst questions of time are widely neglected by migration scholars. Here, in contrast, the idea of timespace is used to assert the significance and connections of these two dimensions. The focus is on how timespace intersects with dynamic migrant constructions, negotiations and performances as an integral aspect of the rhythms of mobilities. Highlighting migration journeys and emotions as embedded and embodied in everyday lives, the chapters also examine the intricate and complex ways timespace enters into, and is juxtaposed with, such feelings and practices in different spaces. Migrations and mobilities are not seen as one-off, separate processes, suspended in timespace, but rather need to be theorised and analysed in more innovative and malleable ways which take into account the non-linear, non-teleological, ambivalent, irrational, messy and fluid ways in which people move.

Individual chapters engage with these concepts by considering a broad spectrum of migration stories, from youth mobility, to refugee migration, to gentrification, to food and to the political geography of the border. The overall aim of the book is to interrupt and challenge the ways in which migration scholars use time and space within their research.
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‘Like the city, the nation, life itself, migration has become increasingly diverse. This stimulating, multi-disciplinary edited collection looks at questions about the connections between time, space and migration at a variety of scales and across a range of sites. Rhythms, patterns and scales of permanent, cyclical and temporary migration are explored in fascinating detail, providing new insights into an increasingly important phenomenon in a globalising world. This collection will reset the agenda for migration studies.’
– Linda McDowell, University of Oxford, UK

‘This is an excellent collection of essays that investigates the temporal complexity of migration, providing new insights on migrants'' social worlds, their subjectivity and the affective and embodied dimensions of migration. The contributors debate the experiential aspects of time by drawing on empirically based and conceptually ambitious research. It will be required reading for researchers interested in time, space and the conjoined relationship between the two concepts.’
– Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho, National University of Singapore

‘Time is indissolubly inscribed into the socio-political constructions and personal experiences of migration and (im)mobility, yet the temporalities and rhythms of migration have rarely been comprehensively analysed. This book, with its fascinating range of case studies, makes a significant contribution to rectifying this oversight. Exemplifying a variety of theoretical and methodological stances, the chapters illustrate the rich potential of a more explicit engagement with time when considering the “timespace-ness” of migration.’
– Russell King, University of Sussex, UK

‘This is a genuinely groundbreaking collection. It does not simply start to fill a gap in the study of migration, but it opens up new ways of analysing and researching mobilities. Undergraduates and experienced scholars alike will find much here to think with, and it is also a fascinating route in to the study of migration for social scientists.’
– Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford, UK

Contributors: E. Ascensão, J. Carling, A. Christou, F.L. Collins, M.B. Erdal, M. Griffiths, A. Ma, E. Mavroudi, J. McGarrigle, P. Novak, B. Page, S. Shubin, D. Smith, H. Zaban

Foreword by Darren Smith

1. Introduction: from time to timespace and forward to time again in migration studies
Ben Page, Anastasia Christou and Elizabeth Mavroudi

2. The temporal complexity of international student mobilities
Francis L. Collins and Sergei Shubin

3. On conjunctures in transnational lives: linear time, relative mobility and individual experience
Jørgen Carling

4. The changing politics of time in the UK’s immigration system
Melanie Griffiths

5. Border Rhythms
Paolo Novak

6. Temporalities of onward migration: long-term temporariness, cyclical labour arrangements and lived time in the city
Jennifer McGarrigle and Eduardo Ascensão

7. Temporality, self-development and welfare among foreign domestic workers in Singapore
Alex Ma

8. Timespaces of return migration: The interplay of everyday practices and imaginaries of return in transnational social fields
Marta Bivand Erdal

9. The timespace of identity and belonging: female migrants in Greece
Elizabeth Mavroudi

10. Structure, agency and timespace in immigrants’ enclaves: High-status immigration in Jerusalem, Israel
Hila Zaban

11. Dinner Time: Eating, moving, becoming
Ben Page

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