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Making ends meet: Exploring social provisioning beyond migrant/non-migrant binaries 
Katrin Kremmel (University of Vienna)
Daniele Karasz (TU Wien-Vienna University of Technology)
Claire Bullen (University of Tübingen)
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Nina Glick Schiller (University of Manchester)
Mathematics & Physics Teaching Centre (MAPTC), 0G/017
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to push our analytical reading of how people make ends meet beyond migrant/non-migrant binaries. It critically examines entanglements of social provisioning, citizenship and migration regimes across diverse locations and historical moments.

Long Abstract:

This panel seeks to critically examine entanglements of provisioning, citizenship and migration regimes across time and space. We propose the analytical framework of 'social provisioning' (Jo 2015, Power 2004) to grasp the range of activities, both within and beyond the market, that individuals and groups undertake for their survival and reproduction.

Like all historical conjunctures, the current historical moment is marked by diverse, often contradictory dynamics (Clarke 2014; Calgar and Glick Schiller 2018), affecting possibilities for individuals and groups to provide for themselves and others. At different times and in different places, major critical situations - such as the European 'refugee crisis' and COVID 19 - transform opportunity structures for making ends meet. Equally, changing migration regimes which categorise people as non-migrants or different types of migrants differentially shape possibilities to source goods and services. However, by adopting 'migrant' as an analytical category as distinct from 'non-migrant', we can find ourselves replicating modes of social differentiation used by political actors and bureaucratic institutions and ultimately risk aligning ourselves with nationalist agendas. Further, the migrant/non-migrant optic may deflect attention from processes and relations that influence livelihoods of people of migrant and non-migrant background alike (Kaika 2012; Calgar 2016).

We are interested in papers that take the study of provisioning as a useful means to shed light on how meanings, values and identities are produced within broader socio-economic relations (Narotzky 2012: 77), and to ethnographically investigate the asymmetrical relations regulating people's access to resources while breaking down divisions between migrant and non-migrant categories.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -