Doing and belonging: Toward a more-than-representational account of young migrant identities in Lesotho and Malawi

Nicola Ansell, Lorraine Van Blerk

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    Abstract

    The notion that identities are contextually constructed, and that the dynamism of identity in part refl ects movement between places, is now commonplace in geography. Southern African societies have long been characterized by high levels of mobility, but in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic migration patterns are changing and young people in particular increasingly engage in forms of voluntary and involuntary migration. This chapter draws on stories told by young migrants in Lesotho and Malawi about their migration experiences. From the young people’s accounts we uncover how their migration impacted on their relationships to rural contexts. In doing so, we fi nd the conventional notion of ‘narrative identity’ to be an inadequate expression of how young people come to ‘belong’ in rural settings. Instead, we focus on three components of belonging: (in)activity, relationality, and familiarity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth
    Subtitle of host publicationYoung Rural Lives
    EditorsRuth Panelli, Samantha Punch, Elsbeth Robson
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter2
    Pages17-28
    Number of pages12
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203942222
    ISBN (Print)0203942221
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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