Publications by the Anthropology and Mobility Network

Volume 13
Chronicles of Global Migrants

Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia and Sara Bonfant
February 2023 Bringing together the voices of nine individuals from an archive of over 200 in-depth interviews with transnational migrants and refugees across five European countries, Finding Home in Europe critically engages with how home is experienced by those who move. Subaltern migrants and refugees speak out, conceptually engaging with the political strength of their voices as this volume seeks to combat the notion that these people are ‘out of place’ or cannot claim their right to belong.

Volume 12
Places, Affects, and Personhood across Social Spheres in Asian Migration

Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot and Gracia Liu-Farrer
July 2022

The emotional, social, and economic challenges faced by migrants and their families are interconnected through complex decisions related to mobility. Tangled Mobilities examines the different crisscrossing and intersecting mobilities in the lives of Asian migrants, their family members across Asia and Europe, and the social spaces connecting these regions. In exploring how the migratory process unfolds in different stages of migrants’ lives, the chapters in this collected volume broaden perspectives on mobility, offering insight into the way places, affects, and personhood are shaped by and connected to it.

Volume 11
Social, Political, and Cultural Dimensions

Antia Mato Bouzas and Lorenzo Casini
January 2022

Combining visual and literary analyses and original ethnographic studies as part of a more general political reflection, Migration in the Making of Gulf Space examines the role of migrants and non-citizens in the processes of settling in the Arab States of the Gulf region. The contributions underscore the aspirational character of the Gulf as a place where migrant recognition can be attained while also reflecting on practices of exclusion. The book is the result of an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars and includes an original contribution by the acclaimed author of the novel Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan.

Volume 10
Race, Mobilities and West Africans in Europe

Kristín Loftsdóttir
Deceber 2021

Europe is often described as "flooded" by migrants or by Muslim "others," with Western African men especially portrayed as a security risk. At the same time the intensified mobility of privileged people in the Global North is celebrated as creating an increasingly cosmopolitan world. This book looks critically at racialization of mobility in Europe, anchoring the discussion in the aspiration of precarious migrants from Niger in Belgium and Italy. The book contextualizes their experiences within the ongoing securitization of mobility in their home country and the persistent denial of racism and colonialism that seeks to portray the innocence of Europe.

Volume 9
Traveling along Places, Meanings, and Times

Flavia Cangià
April 2021

Moving, slowing down, or watching others moving allows people to cross physical, symbolic, and temporal boundaries. Exploring the imaginative power of liminality that makes this possible, Liminal Moves looks at the (im)mobilities of three groups of people - street monkey performers in Japan, adolescents writing about migrants in Italy, and men accompanying their partners in Switzerland for work. The book explores how, for these ‘travelers’, the interplay of mobility and immobility creates a ‘liminal hotspot’: a condition of suspension and ambivalence as they find themselves caught between places, meanings and times.

Volume 8
Timing, Intensity, Tempo and Duration of Human Movements

Vered Amit and Noel B. Salazar
June 2020

Turning the attention to the temporal as well as the more familiar spatial dimensions of mobility, this volume focuses on the momentum for and temporal composition of mobility, the rate at which people enact or deploy their movements as well as the conditions under which these moves are being marshalled, represented and contested. This is an anthropological exploration of temporality as a form of action, a process of actively modulating or responding to how people are moving rather than the more usual focus in mobility studies on where they are heading.

Volume 7
West African Movers Re-viewing Europe from the Inside

Joris Schapendonk
May 2020

Studying the im/mobility trajectories of West Africans in the EU, this book presents a new approach to West African migrants in Europe. It argues that a migration lens is not necessarily the best starting point to understand these dynamic im/mobility processes. Rather than seeing migrancy as the primary marker of their lives, this book positions these trajectories in a wider social script of mobility. This book discusses how African migrants are confronted with rigid mobility regimes, but also how they manage to transgress and circumvent them.

Volume 6
Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

Deborah Reed-Danahay
November 2019

French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu’s relevance for studies of spatiality and mobility has received less attention than other aspects of his work. Here, Deborah Reed-Danahay argues that the concept of social space, central to Bourdieu’s ideas, addresses the structured inequalities that prevail in spatial choices and practices. She provides an ethnographically informed interpretation of social space that demonstrates its potential for new directions in studies of mobility, immobility, and emplacement. This book traces the links between habitus and social space across the span of Bourdieu’s writings, and places his work in dialogue with historical and contemporary approaches to mobility.

Volume 5
Immobilities in Health Service Delivery and Access

Edited by Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ginger A. Johnson, and Anne E. Pfister
August 2018

How does the need to obtain and deliver health services engender particular (im)mobility forms? And how is mobility experienced and imagined when it is required for healthcare access or delivery? Guided by these questions, Healthcare in Motion explores the dynamic interrelationship between mobility and healthcare, drawing on case studies from across the world and shedding light on the day-to-day practices of patients and professionals.

Volume 4
Anthropological Musings on the Meanings of Travel

Noel B. Salazar
Foreword by Vered Amit
July 2018

Grounded in scholarly analysis and personal reflection, and drawing on a multi-sited and multi-method research design, Momentous Mobilities disentangles the meanings attached to temporary travels and stays abroad and offers empirical evidence as well as novel theoretical arguments to develop an anthropology of mobility. Both focusing specifically on how various societies and cultures imagine and value boundary-crossing mobilities “elsewhere” and drawing heavily on his own European lifeworld, the author examines momentous travels abroad in the context of education, work, and spiritual quests and the search for a better quality of life.

Volume 3
Sexual Economies, Marriage and Migration in a Disparate World

Edited by Christian Groes and Nadine T. Fernandez
Foreword by Katharine Charsley
May 2018

As globalization and transnational encounters intensify, people’s mobility is increasingly conditioned by intimacy, ranging from love, desire, and sexual liaisons to broader family, kinship, and conjugal matters. This book explores the entanglement of mobility and intimacy in various configurations throughout the world. It argues that rather than being distinct and unrelated phenomena, intimacy-related mobilities constitute variations of cross-border movements shaped by and deeply entwined with issues of gender, kinship, race, and sexuality, as well as local and global powers and border restrictions in a disparate world.

Volume 2
Ethnography and Experiment

Edited by Alice Elliot, Roger Norum, and Noel B. Salazar
Afterword by Simone Abram
May 2017

Research into mobility is an exciting challenge for the social sciences that raises novel social, cultural, spatial and ethical questions. Methodologies of Mobility speaks beyond disciplinary boundaries to the methodological challenges and possibilities of engaging with a world on the move. With scholars continuing to face different forms and scales of mobility, this volume strategically traces innovative ways of designing, applying and reflecting on both established and cutting-edge methodologies of mobility.

Volume 1
Critical Engagements

Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram
June 2016

The first ANTHROMOB edited volume, Keywords of Mobility: Critical Engagements, was published in June 2016 by Berghahn. Edited by Noel Salazar and Kiran Jayaram, the collection of essays takes Raymond Williams’ work as a point of departure to critically analyse and contextualise a working vocabulary of eight keywords fundamental to mobility studies: capital, cosmopolitanism, freedom, gender, immobility, infrastructure, motility and regime.