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This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.

Belongings in a Globalising and Unequal World: Rethinking Translocations
Belongings in a globalising and unequal world: Rethinking translocations

Displacement has become the most powerful imagery for the modern world. Displacement already presupposes its opposite, which can be thought of as being ‘in place’. Stuart Hall (2000) has argued (in his interview with Nira Yuval-Davis quoted in the introduction of this volume) that the multicultural question is the most important question facing the world today. This is defined as the problem of how people with very different cultural traditions, ways of life and understandings can live together. I believe that this is, of course, important. But we could usefully turn this question on its head and ask instead: under what conditions do people with different languages, cultures ...

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