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Editorial

Mobility Studies, a Transdisciplinary Field

Dagmar Schäfer

mobilities. While this trend indicates the health and strength of mobility studies per se, it brings with it the obligation to consider new ways to reach out and expand. Acknowledging this trend, the journal Transfers , in its eighth year, is reorganizing

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Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

analysis of films. Thus, his work embodies the strengths of cross-disciplinary and historical perspectives that Transfers advocates. Following the research articles, we offer an engaging call to action in our Ideas in Motion section. In “Automobiles and

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Introduction

Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

dangerous places and spaces, and the imagined, physical, digital, and creative mobilities of different groups (such as children, youth, and homeless) under duress. In so doing, the authors draw on the interdisciplinary strengths of sociocultural geography

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Lessons from Refugees

Research Ethics in the Context of Resettlement in South America

Marcia Vera Espinoza

, and refugees from two distinct communities, in order to explore how refugees coming from inside and outside the region experienced resettlement and how the program of resettlement has been implemented in South America (showing the strengths and

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

quintessentially male. Being successful at getting work in this sector entails not just physical strength but also resilience and wits: the ability to take on long hours of work, to pick up how the job is done in the UK, and to learn a basic level of English

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Heather Wurtz and Olivia Wilkinson

assistance in navigating complicated legal dynamics, such as those pertaining to the repatriation of the body of the deceased. Many of these local actors draw upon faith to guide their labor and to find strength to persevere through trying experiences. As

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A human rights-based approach

A gate to development of African women's land rights?

Karin Tengnäs

The global competition for African land is at a historical peak. Local effects of large-scale land acquisitions depend on multiple factors, but women's rights and livelihoods are generally very fragile due to historical and contemporary injustices. Good land governance is important for turning the land acquisitions into equal and equitable development opportunities. The human rights-based approach promotes good governance by adding strength and legal substance to the principles of participation and inclusion, openness and transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and equality and nondiscrimination. By empowering rights-holders and enhancing duty-bearers' capacity, international development cooperation can lead to wider and more gender-balanced inclusion of civil society in negotiations of large-scale land acquisitions and greater adherence of duty-bearers to the rule of law. This is especially important in African countries with large amounts of land and weak legal and institutional frameworks to protect rights, especially those of women.

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Harlan Koff, Carmen Maganda, Philippe De Lombaerde, Edith Kauffer, and Julia Ros Cuellar

regions play in global affairs in the near- to medium-term future? The articles published here provide a snapshot of the state of regional integration in the world today. These articles also engage the field of regional studies, discuss its strengths and

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

aid system. The problems inherent in such a state substitution model are well known—UNHCR has long faced similar challenges—and any of the potential perks outlined by Refugia (refugee bargaining power, strength in solidarity) fall well short of refugee

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Migration and Citizenship in “Athens of Crisis”

An Interview with Vice Mayor Lefteris Papagiannakis

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Nina Papachristou

has taken a hit and is only just starting to recover. The conservative parties are gaining strength, but that’s not only a Greek trend, that’s a European trend. For me, the financial crisis is the underlining factor for everything in a sense, because