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Diasporic Encounters, Sacred Journeys: Ritual, Normativity and the Religious Imagination Among International Asian Migrant Women

Johnson, Mark. 2010. Diasporic Encounters, Sacred Journeys: Ritual, Normativity and the Religious Imagination Among International Asian Migrant Women. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(3-4), pp. 205-218. ISSN 1444-2213 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This issue highlights recent ethnographic work that discloses migrant women’s creative engagements with the people and landscapes in the places they migrate to. We challenge a dominant view that construes women international migrants from Asia as docile bodies shaped and constrained by their transnational (re)productive labours. And we reject simplistic contemporary formulations of transnational migration that posit a singular, homogeneous ‘transnational social field’. Three key processes, relatively ignored and under theorised are interrogated: diaspora formation, ritual performance and changing normativities. A focus on diaspora encourages us to move beyond a political and economic analysis to consider cultural practices, continuities and discontinuities in migrants’ relationships with the people and places they travel to, as well as those left behind. A focus on ritual emphasises the significance of religious performance in the making of place and convivial sociality. A focus on normativity foregrounds the ways that people’s affective relationships are performatively reworked and transgressed within and across discrepant diasporic spaces.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2010.517510

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
22 July 2010Accepted
10 November 2010Published

Item ID:

22585

Date Deposited:

15 Dec 2017 13:33

Last Modified:

16 Jul 2018 11:15

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22585

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