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Paradoxes of Migration in Tajikistan

Locating the good life

Elena Borisova

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ISBN: 9781800086654

Publication: May 28, 2024

Series: Economic Exposures in Asia

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Paradoxes of Migration in Tajikistan is the first ethnographic monograph on migration in Tajikistan, one of the most remittance-dependent countries in the world. Moving beyond economistic push-pull narratives about post-Soviet migration, it foregrounds the experiences of those who ‘stay put’ in the sending society and struggle to reproduce their moral communities. Elena Borisova examines the role of mobility in historical and cultural ideas about the good life and how it becomes entwined with people’s efforts to become good, moral and modern subjects. Addressing the complex relationship between the economic, imaginative and moral aspects of (im)mobility, she shows that mass migration from Tajikistan is as much a project of navigating ethical personhood as it is a quest for economic resources.

This book is a beautifully crafted ethnographic account that reveals how transnational regimes and structures of mobility, citizenship and histories map out in the intimate spheres of the body, the person and the family. It is a major contribution to contemporary migration research, which is mostly centred on Europe and North America, and to the field of Central Asian studies. Highly readable, it will be of interest to researchers of migration, (im)mobility and citizenship, and to scholars of all disciplines working on Central Asia.

Praise for Paradoxes of Migration in Tajikistan

Paradoxes of Migration in Tajikistan is a masterful account of migrants’ mobility between Tajikistan and Russia. Carefully examining how people live their lives on the move under difficult conditions, Borisova’s lucidly written book is set to become a landmark study in the anthropology of migration.’
Till Mostowlansky, Geneva Graduate Institute

Elena Borisova is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex.

List of figures
Note on transliteration
Glossary and abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgements

Introduction
Interlude 1: Journeys
1 The mobile place
Interlude 2: Living with Farhod’s family
2 From a ‘cultured man’ to a migrant worker
Interlude 3: Becoming a fiancée
3 Negotiating tradition: between custom and law
Interlude 4: A dutiful son
4 Ambivalences of care
Interlude 5: An ‘illegal’ citizen
5 Chasing the red passport

Conclusion
Epilogue

References
Index

Paradoxes of Migration in Tajikistan is a masterful account of migrants’ mobility between Tajikistan and Russia. Carefully examining how people live their lives on the move under difficult conditions, Borisova’s lucidly written book is set to become a landmark study in the anthropology of migration.’
Till Mostowlansky, Geneva Graduate Institute


 

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

260 Pages

33 colour photo/halftones

Copyright: © 2024

ISBN: 9781800086654

Publication: May 28, 2024

Series: Economic Exposures in Asia

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