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Recentering the South in Studies of Migration

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2020) Recentering the South in Studies of Migration. Migration and Society , 3 (1) pp. 1-18. 10.3167/arms.2020.030102. Green open access

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Abstract

It has become increasingly mainstream to argue that redressing the Eurocentrism of migration studies requires a commitment to de-centering global North knowledge. However, it is less clear whether this necessarily means ‘re-centering the South.’ Against this backdrop, this Introduction and the broader Special Issue on this topic poses Re-centering the South in Studies of Migration as a set of intersecting questions: What do de-centering and re-centering mean and what might these processes entail? What or who does the South refer to in contested academic, political and policy domains? And whose knowledge is and should be involved in re-viewing the nature, and plural futures, of migration studies? The Introduction starts by highlighting diverse ways that scholars, including the contributors to this Special Issue, have sought to redress Eurocentrism in migration studies: 1) examining the applicability of classical concepts and frameworks in the South; 2) filling blind spots by studying migration in the South and South-South migration; and 3) engaging critically with the geopolitics of knowledge production. The remainder of the Introduction examines the preceding questions on decentering and re-centering, different ways of conceptualising the South, and – as a pressing concern with regards to knowledge production – the politics of citation. In so doing, the Introduction critically delineates the contours of these debates, provides the frame for the Special issue and sets out a number of key thematic and editorial priorities for Migration and Society moving forward.

Type: Article
Title: Recentering the South in Studies of Migration
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/arms.2020.030102
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3167/arms.2020.030102
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: coloniality of knowledge; decentering; decolonial thought; feminism; geopolitics of knowledge; recentering; relationality; South-South migration
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090219
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