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Coerced Movements and the Unravelling of a ‘People’

There is an increasing acknowledgement of the intertwining nature of voluntary and forced migration. Also, there is an increase in xenophobic and ethnic tensions accompanied by the rise of populist politics, as migrants get labelled as others and outsiders. There is a need to take cognisance of the coevalness of deterritorialisation, capital accumulation and the pronounced turn to the ethnic in the conceiving of sociopolitical identities. This can be a step towards analysing who we are as a collective, our differences, socialities and solidarities in these fraught times.

With directed focus of social science and policy thinking on the human experience of displacement and uneven development, especially since the last two decades of the 20th century, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the intertwining nature of voluntary and forced migration. Migration has always posed challenges for governance and the state that seek uniformity of cultures and practices among its population. Yet, migration, voluntary or forced, is a recu­rrent feature of capitalism, along with its unevenness, and the dispossessions and displacements that it engenders.

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Updated On : 26th May, 2020

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