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By Maggie O'Neill

Problems with asylum, migration, humanitarian defense and integration/belonging are of turning out to be curiosity past the disciplinary parts of refugee experiences, migration, and social coverage. Rooted in additional than 20 years of scholarship, this ebook makes use of severe social idea and participatory, biographical and humanities dependent tools with asylum seekers, refugees and rising groups to discover the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that inter-disciplinary research is needed to accommodate the complexity of the problems concerned and deals realizing as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing upon cutting edge participatory, arts dependent, performative and coverage proper study.

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The conference emerged from her AHRC-funded project examining how the experience of migration has influenced creative writing in Manchester since 1960, especially 11 26 Introduction how Manchester’s writing is inflected by place, both local and global. htm. Raymond Williams defined ‘community’ through notions of shared identities, shared territory and shared social interests (1983, p 75). 12 ‘The need was felt instead, by many of us in the South, to look for different kinds of explanation, not only to gain a more clear understanding of the conflictual social processes that affected our lives but also to assist in rechannelling collective energies toward a better course of action for justice and equity.

Introduction Community is defined in this book as a multidimensional concept, referring to a sense of place, space, belonging and the togetherness of elective communities bound by shared interests or identity, as well as the intersection or combination of all three aspects. We live our lives relationally and this involves networks of social relations. Smith (2001) cites what de Tocqueville called ‘habits of the heart’ in his definition of community, that in the interaction between people something else emerges.

For Sales, this means that ‘new hierarchies are developing in relation to the ease of international mobility and the ability to take advantage of these global opportunities’ (2007, p 41). This also includes moving beyond gender-based binaries that reinforce stereotypical thinking about male and female migration and migratory processes as well as challenging the emphasis on structural forces that ignore the agency of migrants. There is a tendency, especially in UK government discourse, to define migrant sex workers as trafficked, which tends to obscure research and analysis of wider experiences and processes of migration and to fix those who migrate to sell sex as being trafficked.

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