KuvausMigrancy and Belonging: The Mixed Embeddedness of Immigrants in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
ABSTRACT Contemporary research on and theorizing of migrancy has questioned the ways mobile individuals and groups are categorized as the object of research (e.g., Näre and Holley, forthcoming). This has resulted from both the transnational turn in migration studies and the critical insights of anthropologists and sociologists who have highlighted the methodological nationalist assumptions that have underpinned much research in the social sciences. In keeping with these recent developments, this paper attempts to develop new understandings of the relationships between ethnic, national and ‘racial’ group boundaries by drawing upon ethnographic research conducted among a diverse group of migrants based primarily in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. I contend that the construction of group boundaries take place in relation to imagined transnational communities and local solidarities. These in turn entail a multi-scalar reconfiguration of both citizenship and belonging. To illustrate this, I expand upon the current usage of the concept of mixed-emdeddedness to include the various discursive practices that construct group boundaries across time and space, and within different contexts.
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