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Christine Moderbacher


More than a year after the Brussels district Molenbeek came to international attention as “ISIS's European capital,” an unplanned encounter during a visit at my former field site leads to a conversation about the struggles and concerns that people are facing in this much-talked-about place. The discussion on a small restaurant terrace wanders off into disappointments and adjustments during research and life and is marked by a shared feeling of uncertainty that mirrors the atmosphere of a city that has seldom been portrayed beyond ephemeral media descriptions.

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Uncertain Mobilities

A View from the Past

Colin G. Pooley

Contemporary society assumes high levels of unimpeded mobility, and disruptions to the ability to move quickly and easily can cause considerable concern. This paper examines the notion of mobility uncertainty and disruption from an historical perspective, arguing that interruptions to mobility have long been a characteristic of everyday travel. It is suggested that what has changed is not so much the extent or nature of disruption, but rather the resilience of transport systems and societal norms and expectations about travel. Data are taken from five examples of life writing produced by residents of the United Kingdom during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The texts are used to illustrate the travel problems encountered and the strategies adopted to deal with them. A concluding discussion examines these themes in the context of twenty-first century mobility.

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Estella Carpi, Sandy F. Chang, Kristy A. Belton, Katja Swider, Naluwembe Binaisa, Magdalena Kubal-Czerwińska, and Jessie Blackbourn

THE MYTH OF SELFRELIANCE: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp. Naohiko Omata. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. 194 pages, ISBN 9781785335648 (hardback).

DIASPORA’S HOMELAND: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration. Shelly Chan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018. 280 pages, ISBN 9780822370420 (hardback), 9780822370543 (paperback).

NONCITIZENISM: Recognising Noncitizen Capabilities in a World of Citizens. Tendayi Bloom. New York: Routledge, 2018. 222 pages, ISBN 9781138049185 (hardback).

PROTECTING STATELESS PERSONS: The Implementation of the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons across EU States. Katia Bianchini. Brill Nijhof: Leiden, 2018. 382 pages, ISBN 9789004362901 (hardback).

HOPE AND UNCERTAINTY IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN MIGRATION. Nauja Kleist, and Thorsen Dorte, eds. New York: Routledge, 2017. 200 pages, ISBN 9781138961210 (hardback).

THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION ON POLAND: EU Mobility and Social Change. Anne White, Izabela Grabowska, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, and Krystyna Slany. London: UCL University Press, 2018. 276 pages, ISBN 9781787350687 (open access PDF).

UNLEASHING THE FORCE OF LAW: Legal Mobilization, National Security, and Basic Freedoms. Devyani Prabhat. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 225 pages, ISBN 9781137455741 (hardback), ISBN 9781349928118 (paperback).

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Gijs Mom

pioneers has meanwhile morphed into “manufactured uncertainty,” 3 the unique knowledge of flood-affected children, the “sterilized” mobility systems of the homeless and the “parkouring” youngsters who take pictures of each other in front of their destroyed

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Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

, “Mobile Disasters: Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty,” offers a macro view when he considers how disasters themselves are highly mobile. Homing in on twenty-first-century disasters, he is able to provocatively portray how initially

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Ocean, Motion, Emotion

Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific

Matt Matsuda

simply connected geographic locales, but connections and links that generate places invested with emotions and historical meanings: uncertainty and affirmation, struggle, loss, mourning, denial, anxiety, and hope. To illustrate these discussions, I might

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

, and environmental sciences. Part of this project involves reckoning with industrialization’s unintended consequences (which I discuss here as the condition of manufactured uncertainty), particularly the continued plunder of scarce, nonrenewable, and

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

relevant for temporary labor migration. Although in migration, masculinities might be flexible, fluid, fractured, or contextualized, they are not felt as such ( Donaldson and Howson 2009 ). Instead, “in the face of the difficulties, uncertainties and

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Kudzai Matereke

, precariousness, uncertainties, and vulnerability. Global “flows” are not always smooth as ordinarily suggested. They can be stalled as the “extended case study” highlights. The planned migration from Italy to Nigeria turns into frustration and becomes an

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Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

seekers, and refugees and the different degrees of uncertainty they experience (e.g., Baldwin-Edwards 2006 ; Basok et al. 2015 ; Collyer 2007 ; Gerard and Pickering 2014 ; Hugo et al. 2014 ; Missbach 2015 ; Sampson et al. 2016 ; Tazreiter et al