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Mobile SelvesRace, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.$
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Ulla D. Berg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803460

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803460.001.0001

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Structures of Feeling in Long-Distance Communication

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Ulla D. Berg

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the mediated relationships and transnational forms of sociability established by long-distance communication practices in contexts of prolonged family separation. Despite the many benefits of enhanced global communication in today's interconnected world, migrants often experience what is referred to as “communication problems.” These communication problems come to stand for the difficulties of navigating social relations under the impact of global migration and prolonged family separation; literally because communication is too costly, and figuratively because of speaking and sharing experiences across the U.S.–Peruvian divide. Long-distance communication is key to the ongoing production of transnational social relationships. By focusing on the experiences and meaning of copresence, absence, connection, forgetting, and loss engendered by migration and prolonged separation, the chapter illustrates the affective dimensions of everyday life among Peruvian labor migrants.

Keywords:   transnational sociability, long-distance communication, communication problems, global migration, U.S.–Peruvian divide, Peruvian labor migrants

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