This volume investigates the relationship between migration, identity, kinship and population. It uncovers the institutional practices of categorization as well as the conducts and the ethics adopted by social actors that create divisions between citizens and non-citizens, migrants and their descendants inside national borders. The essays provide multiple empirical analyses that capture the range of politics, debates, regulations, and documents through which the us/them distinction comes to be constructed and reconstructed. At the same time, the authors reveal how this distinction is experienced, reinterpreted, and reproduced by those directly affected by governmental actions. This perspective grants equal attention to both the logics of national governmentality and the myriad ways that individuals and collectivities entangle with categories of identity. Featuring case studies from countries as varied as the Netherlands; French Guiana; South-Tyrol; Eritrea and Ethiopia; New York City; Italy; and Liangshan, China, this book offers unique insights into the production of identity boundaries in the contested terrain of migration and minorities. It outlines how the process of producing national identity is enacted not only through impositions from above, but also when individuals themselves embody and deploy identities and kinship bonds. More so than lines of division, boundaries within are understood as an ongoing process of identity construction and social exclusion taking place among the various actors, levels, and spaces that make up the national fabric.
INTRODUCTION: Nation, Migration and Kinship through Identity Categorization: Francesca Decimo and Alessandra Gribaldo.- The Perils of Reification: Identity Categories and Identity Construction in Migration Research: David I. Kertzer.- I. BUILDING THE NATION THROUGH FRONTIERS AND CLASSIFICATIONS: The Uninvited Migrant, the 'Autochtoon' and the 'Allochtoon' in the Netherlands: Jeroen Doomernik.- The Politics of Racial Disproportionality of the
Child Welfare System in New York: Viola Castellano.-
Childbirth on Europe's Ultra-Periphery: Maternity Care, French Universalism and Equivocal Identities on the Maroni River, French Guiana.: Vanessa Grotti.-
Migrant Incorporation in South Tyrol and Essentialized Local Identities: Dorothy L. Zinn.- II. WEAVING KINSHIP AND SHAPING identities IN GLOBAL MOBILITY: Rethinking Kinship, Mobility and Citizenship across the Ethiopian-Eritrean Boundaries
: Aurora Massa.-
Male Adulthood and 'Self'-Legalizing Practices among Young Moroccan Migrants in Turin, Italy: Alice Rossi.- Structural Restrictions and Personal Desires: Arranged Marriages between Punjab and Italy: Barbara Bertolani.- When Politics meet Marriage: The Changes of Marriage Practices among Migrated Yi Cadres in Liangshan, China: Zhitian Guo.- CONCLUSIONS: Key Remarks and Research Notes on National Boundaries, Kinship and Migration: Francesca Decimo and Alessandra Gribaldo.