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Repossession

Material Absences, Affective Presences, and the Life-Resumption Labors of Bosnians in Britain

Eleanor Ryan-Saha

Reflecting on ethnographic research undertaken in 2010–2011, I conceive of dispossession as fundamental to the individual and social experience of displacement for Bosnian former refugees residing in Britain. In this context, I pluck what I term 'repossession' from among the myriad strategies and practices that constitute life resumption after refugee displacement. Repossession is achieved through dynamic interplay between the affective influence of new material absences and presences. At the same time, it includes the reflexive construction of new rhetorical stances regarding materialism. I examine how the attainment of 'materially qualified life' through repossession contributes both to personal recovery and to the formation and consolidation of the British Bosnian diaspora. In this way, repossession achieves material certainty in the present, subsequent to the uncertainty of the past dispossession event.

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Between Labor Migration and Forced Displacement

Wartime Mobilities in the Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire Transnational Space

Jesper Bjarnesen

consistently documented how the distinction between forced and economically motivated migration is rarely clear-cut, with the implication that while blanket categorizations of some mobility practices as refugee displacement and others as labor migration might

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Enacting Citizenship

A Case Study of a Syrian Refugee Protest in Germany

Lucia Volk

and historical responsibilities for the refugeesdisplacement – that is, the fact that many of the problems in the Middle East today are the results of Europe's colonial and anti-Semitic policies of the early twentieth century – but they also deflect

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

multilateral solution could be financed and executed in the overarching interests of maintaining the international political order in the face of potential crisis situations caused by refugee displacement (Metclaffe 1967, cited in Brooks and El-Ayouty 1970: 76