Society for the Anthropology of Europe
Invited - Oral Presentation Session
On the bases of empirical material from three disempowered cities from Germany, USA and Turkey, this paper aims to put the “mobility perspective” under scrutiny in studying migrants and refugees. It asks: What kind of social and spatial practices, relations, attachments, and emotions of migrants and refugees are highlighted once we adopt a “mobility” lens, and what kind of spatial and social practices as well as solidarities remain invisible? It suggests that a multiscalar approach to narratives of displacement might be more suitable to explore the complexity of current politics and their affective landscapes centered around cities and migrants than narratives of mobility. The paper also shifts the lens from the questions of belongingness, to the emergence of sociabilities (including mutual affect and respect) built on domains of commonality within the processes of city-making and explores these affective landscapes of sociabilities.