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I don’t want you in my country": migrants navigating borderland violences between Colombia and Chile

Ryburn, Megan (2022) I don’t want you in my country": migrants navigating borderland violences between Colombia and Chile. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 112 (5). 1424 - 1440. ISSN 2469-4452

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Identification Number: 10.1080/24694452.2021.1976097


Through the lens of “navigating borderlands,” this article brings together the anthropology-derived concept of social navigation (Vigh 2006) with a feminist geography approach to borderlands, enriching both. It is based on ethnographic research with Colombian and Venezuelan migrants along the 4,500-km migration route from the Valle del Cauca, Colombia, to Antofagasta, Chile, and additionally informed by further multisited ethnography in Antofagasta and the Valle del Cauca. The borderlands perspective bridges gaps between migration, border, and mobility studies by combining feminist scholarship on transnational social spaces and borders and violence with a reflexive migration trajectories methodology. It considers how the shifting space of the often violent borderland is constructed through interactions between diverse actors. Paying greater attention to the construction of space enhances the analytical potential of social navigation. In turn, analyzing actors’ negotiations of the borderland in terms of navigation illuminates how they move in and through unpredictable spaces. Specifically, this article considers how actors including border officers, transport providers, scammers, and nongovernmental organization workers “police,” “move,” and “reroute” in the borderland. It also reveals how migrants navigate interactions with these varied actors to aguantar (endure/cope/hold on); although not resistance per se, aguantar may sometimes be a form of defiance.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 19:48

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