Anthropology of migrations


The objective of the course is to provide the theoretical tools for the interpretation of contemporary migrations, privileging an anthropological perspective. At the end of the course, the student will be familiar not only with the main authors working in this area of research, but also with the respective theoretical debates.

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Weekly - 4

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Brettell, C., 2015. “Theorizing migration in Anthropology”, in C. Brettell & J. Hollifield (eds.), Migration Theory. Londres: Routledge, pp. 148-197 Brubaker, R., 2005. “The ‘diaspora’ diaspora”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28 (1): 1-19 De Genova, N. & N. Peutz (eds.), 2010. The Deportation Regime. Durham: Duke University Press Eades, J. (ed.), 1987. Migrants, Workers and the Social Order. London: Tavistock Publications Fikes, K., 1998. “Domesticity in Black and White: Assessing Badia Cape Verdean Challenges to Portuguese Ideals of Black Womanhood”, Transforming Anthropology, 7 (2): 5-19. Schiller, N. G. et al., 1992. “Transnationalism: A New Analytic Framework for Understanding Migration”, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 645: 1-24. Vertovec, S., 2007. “New Directions in the Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 (6): 961-978 Wacquant, L., 2006. Urban Outcasts. London: Polity.

Teaching method

Classes will be mainly carried out by the lecturer and whenever relevant accompanied by the exhibition of ethnographic documentaries / films. The participation of the students will be encouraged through the presentation of texts previously indicated by the teacher.

Evaluation method

The evaluation has a semi-continuous nature and will be carried out through two elements: (i) A presentation in class accompanied by the elaboration of an article review (ii) An exam at the end of the semester

Subject matter

From modernization theories to a comparative theory of locality The Chicago School, migrations and the rural-urban continuum Manchester Anthropology: Labor Migration and Colonialism(s) Theories of dependence, articulation and the political economy of migration Transnationalisms Multiple diasporas and their discourses Transnational ritual spaces The attraction of the remote place The gender of migrations Long-distance nationalisms and the politics of the past Religion, generation and racism Advanced Marginality and the racialization of Portuguese Society Borders, margins and deportability \"Expatriates\", \"refugees\", \"immigrants\" or the segmentation of mobility


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