Homecomings

Homecomings : Unsettling Paths of Return

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Despite the mass dislocation and repatriation efforts of the last century, the study of return movements still sits on the periphery of anthropology and migration research. Homecomings explores the forces and motives that drive immigrants, war refugees, political exiles, and their descendants back to places of origin. By including a range of homecoming experiences, Markowitz and Stefansson destabilize the key oppositions and the key terminologies that have vexed migration studies for decades, analyzing migration and repatriation; home and homeland; and host, returnee, and newcomer through a comparative ethnographic lens. The volume provides rich answers to the following questions: * Does group repatriation, sponsored and sometimes coerced by national governments or supranational organizations, create resettlement conditions more or less favorable than those experienced by individuals or families who made this journey alone? * How important are first impressions, living conditions, and initial reception in shaping the experience of home in the homeland? * What are the expectations that a mythologized homeland encourages in those who have left? Filling a conspicuous gap in the literature on migration in diverse fields such as anthropology, politics, international law, and cultural studies, Homecomings and the gripping ethnographic studies included in the volume demonstrate that a home and a homeland remain salient cultural imperatives that can inspire a call to political action.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739108301
  • 9780739108307

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Homecomings is a welcome addition to the limited recent literature on return migration and homecoming experiences. ... an inspiring text that unravels the manu hidden layers of mobility, return and homeness... -- Anastasia Christou, University of Sussex Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies These studies, focusing on experiences of return migration in several continents, challenge assumptions about the relation of mobility to home. 'Homecomings' are never simply returns from exile, however, but also the unsettling of pasts and the making of futures. -- John Borneman, Princeton University Homecomings is a welcome addition to the limited recent literature on return migration and homecoming experiences. ... an inspiring text that unravels the manu hidden layers of mobility, return and homeness. -- Anastasia Christou, University of Sussex Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studiesshow more

About Fran Markowitz

Fran Markowitz teaches anthropology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel. Anders H. Stefansson is research assistant at the Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.show more

Table of contents

1 Part I: Homecomings to the Future: From Diasporic Mythographies to Social Projects of Return 2 The Home(s) of Homecomings 3 Part II: Homecomings of Immigrants and Refugees 4 Tigrayan Returnees' Notions of Home: Five Variations on a Theme 5 Sarajevo Suffering: Homecoming and the Hierarchy of Homeland Hardship 6 Extra Hungariam non est vita? The Relationships between Hungarian Immigrants and their Homeland 7 Part III: Blurried Homes, Blurred Diaspora-Homeland Boundaries 8 Homecoming to the Diaspora: Nation and State in Visits of Israelis to Morocco 9 From the Centers to the Periphery: "Repatriation" to an Armenian Homeland in the Twentieth Century 10 When Home Is Not the Homeland: The Case of Japanese Brazilian Ethnic Return Migration 11 Promised Land, Imagined Homelands: Ethiopian Jews' Immigration to Israel 12 Part IV: Contentious Homecomings 13 Transatlantic Dreaming: Slavery, Tourism, and Diasporic Encounters 14 Leaving Babylon to Come Home to Israel: Closing the Circle of the Black Diaspora 15 While Waiting for the Ferry to Cuba: Adio Kerida and the Goodbye that Isn't a Farewellshow more

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