Book project “Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space”
This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on the ways in which movements of people across natural, political, and cultural boundaries shape identities that are inexorably linked to actual and imagined space that individuals on the move cross, inhabit, and leave behind. As conflicts over identities and space continue to erupt on a regular basis, and while those from previous eras are far from resolved, this book provides readings of the relationship between migration, identity, and space from a fresh and innovative perspective.
A focus on space and place makes it possible to integrate field-specific research methods and formulate questions that are relevant and timely in different geographical contexts and historical periods. While the term mapping is often used as a metaphor for analyses that do not necessarily consider geographical space as a variable, this volume maps migration and identity. The essays showcase not only conceptual studies, but also include actual maps. The inclusion of graphic depictions of, for instance, the relevant landscapes allows the authors to evaluate the benefits and the shortcomings of adapting questions and findings into abstract or positivist representations of the world. While maps make it possible to analyze and visualize the ways in which migration, identity, and space are inherently connected, maps also may reduce the complexity and ambiguity of the persistent problems addressed in the essays.
Full details available here: http://pages.wustl.edu/migration/articles/11303