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Aspiration and Desperation Traps in Trajectories of Physical and Social Mobility-Immobility

Young Female Migrants in the City

Ellen Bal, Hosna J. Shewly, and Runa Laila

of female migration to the city and the construction of mobility aspirations; (ii) the role(s) of gender in the migration process; and (iii) the temporalities of circumstances and the choices of specific migration trajectories. In this way, this

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Subjects of Aspirations

Populist Governance in Post-revolutionary Nicaragua

Luciana Chamorro

aspirations for personal advancement, economic prosperity and upward mobility to the continuity of Daniel Ortega in power, who began his fourth consecutive term as president in 2022. Based on two years of field research in Gracias a Dios and other informal

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Desperate Aspirations among Paraguayan Youths

The Renegotiation of Migration and Rural Futures

Corinna Land

put and wait for better days. The short scenes above reveal a transnational social space, full of hope and anxiety, aspirations and desperations . Ronaldo, Ángela, and Nuria are torn between life in El Triunfo and Buenos Aires, two places that

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Restoring Viable Relations in Emigrant Gambia

Paolo Gaibazzi

The aspiration to migrate has become a significant category in migration studies ( Bal and Willems 2014 ; Carling and Collins 2018 ). Whereas the study of out-migration has traditionally focused on decision making, growing attention is being paid

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“Who Leaves Home If There is a Choice?”

Migration Decisions of Women Workers on Tea Plantations in India

Supurna Banerjee

entry point to the puzzles that this article engages with: from here, we can examine meanings around migration, through interrogating the frames of mobility and immobility, aspiration and desperation that are often deployed, and understand and articulate

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Between Boundary-Work and Cosmopolitan Aspirations

A Historical Genealogy of EASA (and European Anthropology)

Damián Omar Martínez

reflect an original and longstanding tension between EASA's inclusive, cosmopolitan aspiration and the exclusionary epistemological practice of boundary-work. A Project for European Anthropology There is no better way to learn about the

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The Post-Deportation Desperation and Refunneling of Aspirations of the Mexicans Deported from the United States

Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna

Aspirations in the Age of Deportation and Deterrence What do people aspire to after they are deported? They often want to go back, especially if they have left behind their families, jobs, and other obligations. In 2010, six in ten deported

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‘If you look at the sky you step in sh*t’

Horizons of possibility and migration from Serbia

Dana N. Johnson

Following nearly two decades of wartime ‘entrapment’, in 2009 the conditions of possibility for mobility fundamentally changed for Serbian citizens. Of both symbolic and material consequence, Serbia’s return to respectable geopolitical standing also marked a shift toward more nuanced stance‐taking in relation to mobility – at least for members of an urban, educated generation who have taken advantage of renewed opportunities to travel. In this article, I explore the real and symbolic geographies invoked by young potential migrants in talk of leaving and staying in Serbia. I read mobility narratives as proxies for commentary on a host of other political and socio‐economic issues, drawing attention to the role of international travel in the construction of imaginary yet authoritative ‘contrapuntal’ lives lived elsewhere. I show how such imaginaries both colour how potential and return migrants narrate their everyday navigations in the ‘here and now’ and give moral weight to migratory aspirations for, and experiences of, lives lived in the ‘then and there’. In unpacking the emic terms ‘negative selection’ and , I argue that the foundational motif of these varied imaginaries is a deep investment in the ideology of meritocracy, a morally inflected register for the articulation of aspiration as well as critique.

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

explore the ways in which CBBC proffers images of tween girlhood that connect to broader discursive impulses of authenticity, aspiration, agency, and empowerment within global tween cultures but which do so in ways that are distinctly informed by their

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‘We are not all equal!’

Raising achievement and aspiration by improving the transition from the BTEC to higher education

Richard Peake

In my role as programme leader of the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology, I observed that students who entered with A-levels were more likely to achieve a 2:1 or 1st class degree than students from other routes of entry. Analysis of five cohorts showed that less than half of entrants with Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualification achieved a 2:1 classification, compared to over 90 per cent of A-level students. In the interests of equity, this phenomenon deserved further investigation. I set out to identify issues in the transition to higher education that may cause BTEC students to struggle to adapt to academic study and any skills deficits that may ultimately lead to underachievement. As a result of the study, a toolkit was devised to smooth the transition, raise aspiration, enhance self-esteem and improve outcomes.