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A mobile life story: tracing hopefulness in the life and dreams of a young Ivorian migrant
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3114-4018
2019 (English)In: Reader in Qualitative Methods in Migration Research / [ed] Ibrahim Sirkeci, Theodoros Iosifides, Carla DeTona, Annalisa Frisina, London: Transnational Press London , 2019, p. 129-138Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The analysis suggests an adaptation of the life history interview as a method in qualitative migration studies. By joining four analytical concepts into an overall methodological framework, the mobile life story is intended to guide the exploration of the subjective experiences of migrants at various stages of a migrant trajectory. The notion of ‘mobility’ evokes a holistic orientation in the study of migrant biographies; the unpredictability that characterises the social practice of migrants is captured through the concept of ‘hopefulness’; the concept of ‘vital conjunctures’ is argued to provide a temporal delimitation and a focus for the organising of a life history interview; and the spatial dimension of the methodology is delimited through the concept of ‘emplacement’. As opposed to a migration history, the mobile life story explores the significant transformations that have characterised the migrant’s past and relates these defining moments to the broader migration history.

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London: Transnational Press London , 2019. p. 129-138
Keywords [en]
Migration, narrative, methodology, life story, hope
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2315ISBN: 978-1-912997-10-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2315DiVA, id: diva2:1340944
Available from: 2019-08-07 Created: 2019-08-07 Last updated: 2019-09-10Bibliographically approved

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