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Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes

Wesley R. Bernardini

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036076.003.0003
Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes

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What if both social boundaries and the groups we envision crossing them are less discrete than we had imagined? This chapter presents a cautionary note regarding boundedness in migration studies based on ethnographic and archaeological data from the U.S. Southwest, where pre-contact social borders were relatively fuzzy, units of migration were small and surprisingly unstable over time, and migration consisted not of singular, disruptive “events” but rather a multi-generational, sequential process. These conditions characterize what Wesley Bernardini terms “fluid” social landscapes, and they present an analytical and conceptual challenge to even the minimal definition of migration utilized in this volume.

Keywords: migration; Hopi; clan; identity; U.S. Southwest; archaeology

Chapter.  4848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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