Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame
Literature: A Critical Introduction (London and New
York: Routledge, 1993).
See Inderpal Grewal, Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of
Travel (London: Leicester University Press, 1996).
Avtar Brah, Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (London: Routledge,
1996), p. 16.
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London:
Verso, 1993). See also Kadiatu Kanneh’s critical account of Gilroy in her African
Identities: Race, Nation and Culture in Ethnography, Pan-Africanism and Black
Literatures (London and New York
diaspora groups. The examination of diaspora space, that is, lateral and
horizontal interrelationships within diasporas is necessary to move
beyond “racism” in our historical and ethnographic
theorisations of diaspora among black and Caribbean diasporas. As Thomas
and Clarke ( 2006 , p. 14) note:
“[O]ther circulations [are] equally critical in the
unveiling of counter histories and the constitution of
What does race have to do with the Yugoslav region?
‘research on global hip hop has forced me to crystallize my thinking on race’ (Helbig 2014 : 5). Helbig's Hip Hop Ukraine is based on ethnographic research with black Africans (often students, in Ukraine via routes established during the Cold War) and white Ukrainians in local hip-hop scenes or working elsewhere in Ukrainian popular music. It connects postcolonial Soviet studies with global translations of ‘race’ through the transnational routes of popular entertainment. These translations of ‘race’ include: legacies of state socialist ideologies about music, blackness
This chapter follows such leads in moving away from a conflict or ethniccentred analysis of neighbourhood relations. It is based on comparative ethnographic research carried out between 2006 and 2007 in two contiguous
neighbourhoods, Grbavica (Sarajevo) and Lukavica (Eastern Sarajevo), which
were part of the same city (Sarajevo) and municipality (Novo Sarajevo). With
the outbreak of war in 1992, they fell under Serb military control but in 1996,
immediately after the Dayton Peace Agreement, Grbavica was reintegrated into
the predominantly Muslim-inhabited part of
Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian–Montenegrin borderland
; Morrison 2009).
In the second sense, I conceptualise the ethnographic reality of genealogy,
which people were reconstructing and literally carrying around, as a narrative
(and) agency space.7 In other words, I appropriate the local prominence of the
genealogical mode of representation and relatedness as a ‘sensor’ for inquiring into
modes of accommodating various dimensions of social differentiation as well as the
dynamics of life in a border region. Genealogy figures here as a ‘boundary marker’
(Heiss and Slama 2010), exemplifying specific modes of exclusion and
Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida
paths: immigration, gender, and political participation’, International Migration Review, 32(2): 326–349.
Kasinitz, Philip, John H. Mollenkopf and Mary C. Waters (eds) (2004) Becoming
New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation. New York: Russell Sage
Kemp, Adriana (2007) ‘Managing migration, reprioritizing national citizenship: undocumented migrant workers’ children and policy reforms in Israel’, Theoretical Inquiries in
Law, 8(2): 663–692.
King, Russell, Mark Thomson, Tony Fielding and Tony Warnes (2006) ‘Time, generations
and gender in
very clear. Therefore, it seems important
to explore the understanding that economic agents have of their own practice.
For instance, it would be interesting to explore the perceptions, understanding and practical operations of key and powerful actors in industry and government regarding the nature and limits of competitive processes in different
national and sectoral contexts. In this regard, wider use of qualitative, even
ethnographic, methods of investigation might elucidate a range of views prevailing at any one time and their change over time. We have already
Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, Sybille Lammes, Chris Perkins and Clancy Wilmott
irretrievable process of producing an OSM map with a group of other volunteer mappers. As a self-described
‘intervention’, these narratives unfold, deconstruct and liquidise traditional spatial metaphors through a series of animated interjections – Gerlach offers an
auto-ethnographic exploration of mapping focusing on the banality of logistics
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and equipment, while reflecting on the ideological and discursive nature of
digital cartography. Together, these threads playfully ‘undo’ traditional conceptualisations of how mapping and cartographic
reflecting upon the somatic, affective and micropolitical energies of mapping. Methodologically, this is something of a ‘fieldwork of fieldwork’ insofar
as a central activity of OpenStreetMap is one of ‘surveying the field’; a mode of
cartographic interpolation. As such, this modest tracing of a day’s cartography
joins a growing number of studies that approach examples of vernacular mapping in an ethnographic manner (see Perkins and Dodge, 2008); a realisation
of human geographers’ tentative re-acquaintance with all things cartographic
conducting ethnographic observations
of actual processes of mapping and decision-making in smart city control rooms.
An early version of this work was presented during the workshop ‘Time travelers: Temporality and mapping’, University of Oxford, 27–28 May 2014. The
author wishes to thank the participants for their comments and suggestions.
1 Their plea for slowness ties in with a recent call by Christoph Lindner for the slow
smart city (Lindner, 2013). In Italy, città slow are positively conceptualised as prioritising quality of life over