Doris Bachmann-Medick

Migration as Translation

1Some Preliminary Positionings

This article aims to contribute to the broader critical field of migration or postmigration studies by employing ‘translation’ as a differentiating analytical lens for a new view on migration. In so doing, it seeks to overcome the confinements of some current macro-theoretical assumptions:

–first, its translational perspective avoids approaching migration as mainly a regime of governance and management that aims to control, normalize, and discipline (see the critique by Castro Varela 2013);

–second, it follows an actor-oriented approach that challenges the dominant ‘methodological nationalism’ in migration studies (see the critique by Wimmer and Glick Schiller 2002; ...

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