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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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Wars, Diasporas, and Un/Re-Rooted Familial Geographies

Wars, Diasporas, and Un/Re-Rooted Familial Geographies

From Springfield, Massachusetts, to São Paulo, Brazil, and Beyond

(p.398) 30 Wars, Diasporas, and Un/Re-Rooted Familial Geographies
Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Bahia M. Munem

NYU Press

This chapter captures the displacement and emplacement of transnational refugee families in scattered locations because of military conflict, (neo)colonialism, immigration regimes, and their refashioned kinship, identity, and belonging. It draws from ethnographic research conducted on resettled Palestinian Iraq War refugees in São Paulo, Brazil, over the span of several years (2009–2014), and most recently in summer 2018, as well as field data collected in Springfield, MA, in January 2018. It focuses on a family originally separated in 2003, contained in various in-between places from 2003 to 2017, and the ways in which they continue their connections while anchoring their lives in disparate locations. Brazil and the United States are the nexus of these exchanges, but these familial geographies encompass the contexts of Lebanon, Syria, and Australia and also reflect and dialogue with family dispersions in Latinx communities.

Keywords:   un/re-rooted familial geographies, war, refugees, immigration regimes, family dispersions, kinship, belonging

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