This panel explores the political meanings of rights, processes of multiple emplacements & claims to social citizenship for transnational subjects. Attention is paid to the right to settle and the right to move and the basis for social solidarities that link people to localities and across borders.
Mobile people, approached as the 'migrant', the 'nomad' or the 'traveller,' are said to characterize a world that was no longer configured by bounded ways of being. More recently, in the name of identifying and respecting difference, some anthropologists have returned to studying discrete and persistent ontologies, often minimizing globe-spanning forces of dispossession. The study of power and contestation through struggle, denial and flight have been set aside rather than linked to the emergence of political subjectivities that respond to, reshape, and reconstitute differential relations of power. In the face of realities of hundreds of thousands of people on the move through the dispossessive forces of war, deportation, expulsion from ancestral lands, urban regeneration, and resurgent ethno-religious nationalisms, this panel calls for ways to build an analytical framework that can address contemporary multiple struggles against displacement through the lens of political subjectivities. This approach facilitates explorations of the political meanings of rights, processes of multiple emplacements and claims to belonging and social citizenship for transnational subjects. Analytical attention is paid to the right to settle as well as the right to move and the basis for social solidarities that may link people to localities and across borders.