Journal article

Strategically "Out of Place": Unemployed Migrants Mobilizing Rural and Urban Identities in North India

Andrew Deuchar

ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Increasing numbers of young people are migrating across the Global South to pursue tertiary education and find employment. In north India, though, as elsewhere, migrants are often unable to realize the kind of social mobility to which they aspire. This article examines the ways in which educated yet unemployed male migrants perform identities to contend their marginality. Through a multisited ethnography, during which I accompanied participants to their rural villages as well as the regional city of Dehradun, I argue that young men strategically mobilize identities that register them as “out of place.” By drawing together critical migration studies and mobilities literatures, I show how youn..

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This project was supported by funds from the Melbourne Research Scholarship as well as the Riardy Scholarship.