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Diasporic encounters, sacred journeys: Ritual, normativity and the religious imagination among international Asian migrant women

Johnson, Mark; Werbner, Pnina

Authors

Mark Johnson

Pnina Werbner

Abstract

This issue highlights recent ethnographic work that discloses migrant women's creative engagements with the people and landscapes in the places they migrate to. We challenge a dominant view that construes women international migrants from Asia as docile bodies shaped and constrained by their transnational (re)productive labours. And we reject simplistic contemporary formulations of transnational migration that posit a singular, homogeneous ‘transnational social field’. Three key processes, relatively ignored and under theorised are interrogated: diaspora formation, ritual performance and changing normativities. A focus on diaspora encourages us to move beyond a political and economic analysis to consider cultural practices, continuities and discontinuities in migrants' relationships with the people and places they travel to, as well as those left behind. A focus on ritual emphasises the significance of religious performance in the making of place and convivial sociality. A focus on normativity foregrounds the ways that people's affective relationships are performatively reworked and transgressed within and across discrepant diasporic spaces.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Publication Date Sep 1, 2010
Journal Asia Pacific journal of anthropology
Print ISSN 1444-2213
Electronic ISSN 1740-9314
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3-4
Article Number PII 930084310
Pages 205-218
Institution Citation Johnson, M., & Werbner, P. (2010). Diasporic encounters, sacred journeys: Ritual, normativity and the religious imagination among international Asian migrant women. The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology, 11(3-4), 205-218. https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2010.517510
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2010.517510
Keywords Diaspora; Gender; Migration; Normativity; Religion; Ritual; Performance; Performativity
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14442213.2010.517510
Copyright Statement ©2016 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Asia Pacific journal of anthropology on 24 Nov 2010, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...80/14442213.2010.517510

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