Neighbourhood Solidarities in Sociology days 2021

In anticipation of our forthcoming book Travelling Crisis. Ethnographic Perspectives to Borders, Homes, and Refugee Journeys, we presented a joint paper in Sociology days 2021, in the working group Sociology of Migration which we also organised. Our presentation was titled What crisis, whose crisis? A gendered perspective to the productiveness and multiplicity of the asylum crisis, and it was based on the fieldwork we have done together during our project, mainly on the interactive workshops we held with Afghan women in Helsinki and on field work trips to Athens and Istanbul. The key argument of our presentation was that migration and crises can be approached as productive phenomena. We focused especially on the gendered opportunities brought about by the so-called crisis that the female research participants had experienced, such as migrating as a way to renegotiate gendered roles within the family and to have access to greater autonomy as a woman. We argued that focusing on the productive aspect of the asylum crisis can challenge the crisis discourse that depicts migration and migrants as the crisis. Rather, crises set people on the move and create mobilities and mobilisations, new subjectivities, infrastructures, forms of labour and new possibilities.  

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