Migrants and indigenous nationalism

Authored by: Nandita Sharma

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415779722
eBook ISBN: 9780203863299
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183493


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Over the last decade, at least two discourses concerning the relationship between people variously constituted as either “migrants” or as “indigenous” have intensified (and in some places emerged anew). One presents this relationship as one of potential and fruitful solidarity. Not only have many of those constituted as either “indigenous” or as “migrants” experienced both the linked processes of expropriation and exploitation under processes of colonial (and postcolonial) rule, hostility towards “migrants” and the “indigenous” are understood to be interlocking sets of ideological practices for the maintenance of contemporary injustices. In this vein, solidarity between these two groupings is not only desirable, it is necessary to end practices of domination.

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