Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond
Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond
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Acknowledgements Contributors List of figures Introduction The Global Transformation of Borders and Mobility Reece Jones and Md. Azmeary Ferdoush Section I: Experiencing Borders in South Asia Chapter 1 Spaces of Refusal: Rethinking Sovereign Power and Resistance at the Border Reece Jones Chapter 2 Border Layers: Formal and Informal Markets along the India-Bangladesh Border Edward Boyle and Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman Chapter 3 Experiencing the Border: Lushai People and Transnational Space Azizul Rasel Section II: Mobility in and Beyond South Asia Chapter 4 Of Insiders, Outsiders, and Infiltrators: The Politics of Citizenship and Inclusion in Contemporary South Asia Kavitha Rajagopalan Chapter 5 Renegotiating Boundaries: Exploring Lives of Undocumented Bangladeshi Women Workers in India Ananya Chakraborty Chapter 6 ‘The Immoral Traffic in Women’: Regulating Indian Emigration to the Persian Gulf Andrea Wright Chapter 7 The Journey to Europe: A Young Afghan’s Experience on the Migrant Route James Weir and Rohullah Amin Chapter 8 Hardening Regional Borders: Changes in Mobility from South Asia to the European Union Marta Zorko Section III: Representations of Borders and Mobility in Diaspora Chapter 9 The Borders of Integration: Paperwork between Bangladesh and Belgium Malini Sur and Masja van Meeteren Chapter 10 Disordering History and Collective Memory in Gunvantrai Acharya’s Dariyalal Riddhi Shah Chapter 11 Fragmented Lives: Locating Home in the Poems of Sudesh Mishra Tana Trivedi Conclusion Md. Azmeary Ferdoush and Reece Jones

Reviews and Features

"The richness of the volume resides in the very diverse origin of its authors, from a multi-disciplinary as well as from a geographical point of view, and in the capacity of its editors to have allowed for the intellectually fruitful collaboration of committed and young scholars. The editors and the contributors are due to the appreciations of their colleagues for the well-researched work excellently done. It is a highly commendable work."
- Dr Saleh Shahriar, College of Economics and Management, Northwest A&F University, Migration Letters, April 2019

"This book is both thought-provoking and a good read. It is policy-relevant as it conceptualises borders, belonging and connection to place as central to the future development of fair and equitable migration policies. Hopefully the collection informs the important debates on migration that so often seem bereft of any nuance."
- Diotima Chattoraj, Singapore, Journal of Contemporary Asia, July 2018

"This exciting volume brings together a new generation of thinkers, scholars, and activists to interrogate borders, bordering, and mobility in South Asia. In doing so, it makes a major intervention in ongoing debates that resonate far beyond the region."
- Jason Cons, author of Sensitive Space: Fragmented Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border

"An extraordinarily timely collection of essays to remind us of the crucial place of South Asia in twenty-first century displacements, and the urgent need to theorize its new border regimes through the ordinary and catastrophic experiences of moving people."
- Vazira Zamindar, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Reece Jones, Md. Azmeary Ferdoush (eds)

Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond

Migration and borders are at the center of political debates in South Asia and around the world as more people migrate in search of safety and opportunity. This book brings a deep engagement with individuals whose lives are shaped by encounters with borders by telling the stories of a poor Bangladeshi women who regularly crosses the India border to visit family, of Muslims from India living in Gulf countries for work, and the harrowing journey of a young Afghan man as he sets off on foot to Germany. The international and interdisciplinary work in this book contributes to this moment by analyzing how borders are experienced by migrants and borderlanders in South Asia, how mobility and diaspora are engaged in literature and media, and how the lives of migrants are transformed during their journey to new homes in South Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Europe.

Reece Jones

Reece Jones is a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawai'i and the author of Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, (Verso, 2016).

Md. Azmeary Ferdoush

Md. Azmeary Ferdoush is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of Hawai'i.