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Recentering the South in Studies of Migration

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

et al. 2015: 646 , drawing on Quijano 1991 ) necessarily means “recentering the South” in such studies. It is against this backdrop that this volume poses “Recentering the South in Studies of Migration” as a question, or rather a set of intersecting

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Liliana L. Jubilut

than from a recentering of the Global South in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (on similar dynamics in Asia and the Middle East, respectively, see Mathews 2018 and Hanafi 2018 ). A regional approach to universities’ actions could also

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Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty

Valentina Napolitano, Nimrod Luz, and Nurit Stadler

In the introduction to this special section of Religion and Society, we discuss existing and potentially new intersections of border theories and religious studies in relation to two contested regions—US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine (as part of the history of the Levant)—respectively. We argue for a recentering of borderland studies through an analysis of political theologies, affective labor, and differing configurations of religious heritage, traces, and materiality. We thus define 'borderlands' as translocal phenomena that emerge due to situated political/economic and affective junctures and that amplify not only translocal but also transnational prisms. To explore these issues, we put into dialogue studies on religion, borderlands, walls, and historical/contemporary conditions in the context of US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine borders. In particular, we argue for recentering analyses in light of intensifications of state control and growing militarization in contested areas.

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Posthuman? Nature and Culture in Renegotiation

Kornelia Engert and Christiane Schürkmann

The contributions in this special issue focus on different phenomena and conceptual approaches dealing with “the Posthuman” as a discourse of renegotiating nature-culture-relationships that has emerged over the past decades. The selected articles from fields of sociology, political science, and social anthropology demonstrate how to work with and discuss posthumanistic and post-anthropocentric perspectives, but also how to irritate and criticize universal assumptions of particular posthuman approaches empirically and theoretically. The introduction aims to position the particular contributions in a field of tension between de- and re-centering human beings and human agency.

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Y a-t-il Un « problème des quartiers sensibles »?

Retour sur une catégorie d'action publique

Sylvie Tissot

The November 2005 riots in France brought new attention to debates over the situation of underprivileged areas. Rather than analyzing what happened in these areas, this article examines how this social problem was constructed and publicized and has since become an object of public policy since the end of the 1980s. The political focus on underprivileged areas was not primarily or only an effect of increasing concrete problems, like unemployment, poverty, or juvenile delinquency. Instead, it resulted from and contributed to a fundamental restructuring of the French welfare state, by authorizing a recentering of public action on specific urban spaces—rather than across the nation—and on social ties, rather than economic reality. This constructivist study seeks to understand why politicians, experts, or civil servants have associated the question of ?underprivileged areas? with certain problems (like lack of communication and the weakening of social ties) while ignoring others (such as ethnic discrimination).

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Mette Louise Berg, and Johanna Waters

aims to consider the question of “Recentering the South in Studies of Migration.” It does so by posing the following questions: What does it mean to “recenter” that which has, and those who have, been placed and kept at the margins? Whose voices and

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Mette Louise Berg, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, and Johanna Waters

migration. Going forward, Volume 3 of Migration and Society, to be published in early 2020, will focus on “Recentering the South in Studies of Migration” and will be dedicated to critical explorations of migration from and through the vantage point of

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Mette Louise Berg

two “neighboring” continents. Our third issue, to be published in 2020, addresses the theme of “Recentering the South in Studies of Migration,” and we welcome contributions on this theme for all of the journal’s sections (the deadline for submissions

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Kate Cairns

. 2017b . Social reproduction theory: Remapping class, recentering oppression . London : Pluto Press . 10.2307/j.ctt1vz494j Burman , Erica . 2008 . “ Beyond ‘women vs. children’ or ‘womenandchildren’: Engendering childhood and reformulating

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

analysis of the colonial encounter is a fundamental awareness to bring to exhibitions of African art. At the same time, the recentering of the narrative on African experience, including its amnesias and silences, the complex paths of the diaspora, and the