Transnational Contentions

in Culture in Chaos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226496412
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226496436 | DOI:
Transnational Contentions

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This chapter examines the moral economy of postconflict migration in Machaze, Mozambique. It considers migrancy as a new transnational life strategy and as a form of public performance implicated in the negotiation of this new social strategy's legitimacy. This chapter analyzes the narratives of migrants and suggests that migrancy served not only as the key mechanism for enacting a range of new transnational life strategies but also as a form of moral performance implicated in the negotiation of the social legitimacy of those strategies.

Keywords: postconflict migration; Machaze; Mozambique; migrancy; transnational life strategies; social legitimacy

Chapter.  8941 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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