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    S. Khosravi(Author)

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Based on fieldwork among undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, 'Illegal' Traveller offers a narrative of the polysemic nature of borders, border politics, and rituals and performances of border-crossing. Interjecting personal experiences into ethnographic writing it is 'a form of self-narrative that places the self within a social context'.

'Khosravi combines intellectual distance with irony, wit and passion and never loses his ability to relate the particular to the general. His book is a powerful antidote to the toxic anti-migrant narratives coursing through the contemporary world and an essential point of reference for anyone concerned with understanding the experience of twenty-first century migration.' – Matt Carr in Race and Class''Illegal' Traveller is really powerful and rich. One of the gems for me is the way the author clarifies the networks of migration from several perspectives. The minority experiences with the resonances that are invoked from Kafka, Benjamin, and the comparative references from the southern border of the U.S. (migrants from Mexico and Central America) as well as the borders around Fortress Europe make the book a cartography of the contemporary world." – Michael M. J. Fischer, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, USA'A remarkable, concrete account of the uncertain passage of a refugee across many borders, of the networks of entrepreneurs and clients forming around such migration, and of the harsh material and organizational environments encountered along the way. But as a thoughtful scholar, Shahram Khosravi also interweaves his personal story with comparative references to relevant academic studies, as well as to philosophical and literary works. If you have an interest in the situation of refugees, and what it means to be one, I would think this is a book you should know about.' – Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University, Sweden"The little-seen and personal perspective that is presented in 'Illegal' Traveller not only offers new empirical insights on human smuggling as a process, but also addresses the emotional aspects of the process of 'illegal' migration which hardly ever emerge in academic writing" - Ilse van Liempt, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Urban Geography, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (in Journal of Borderland Studies)

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  • PDF | 164 pages
  • S. Khosravi(Author)
  • Palgrave Macmillan; 2010 edition (14 April 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By RiRed on 11 April 2017

    Arrived on time. It was like described.

  • By Dr. S. K. Brooke on 21 May 2015

    I enjoyed this book, particularly as it's on a very imprtant, current topic. It makes you see the issues in a more nuanced way, and make you really think about the terms 'refugee', 'illegal migrant.' 'people smuggler' and individuals behind these labels. The insider view is very interesting and is a voice rarely heard. My only criticism is that it doesn't always speak toboththe general reader AND the academic.


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