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SE Transnational Networks and Migrants in Cities

Barış Ülker

Transnational Networks and Migrants in Cities

Modul 6: Stadt im Netz

Di 12-14 Uhr • HBS 103 • Beginn: 09.04.2019

Subjects of migration vary in different geographies and time scales. Migration is sometimes explored as the movement of people across borders. It is understood as a platform of challenges to any form of social order. It is also examined through state policies. Marking all of these relations between structure and agency / power and resistance, migration has always been linked to the formation of networks that functions through obligations, reciprocity and solidarity. This course provides a detailed review of transnational migrant networks in different cities. It is arranged thematically, rather than temporally and concerned with subjects of migration from various geographies to develop a comparative understanding. It intends to work on absences-presences and ruptures-continuities networks through various empirical case studies and epistemological issues on migration scholarship. The course will aim to build up an interactive discussion that can be promoted with questions (including but not limited to): What are the definitions of transnational migrant networks? Who defines them? Do they compliment, compete, subvert and foreshadow ethnic, national, religious, class and gender identities? Are they empowering/ emancipatory or a coercive/ regulatory practices? What are the impacts of these networks on cities? How do these practices co-habit with the urban governance? What are the perspectives/critiques of political rationalities on transnational migrant networks?

Einführende Literatur:

Bakewell, Oliver et al. (2016). Beyond Networks: Feedback in International Migration. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.
Castells, Manuel (2010). The Rise of the Network Society. West Sussex: Wiley&Blackwell. Ong, Aihwa and Collier, Stephen J. (2008).
Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. West Sussex: Wiley&Blackwell.
Ryan, Luise et al. (2015). Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.

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