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Sex, Love, and MigrationPostsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic$
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Alexia Bloch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713149

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713149.001.0001

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On the Move

On the Move

(p.188) Conclusion On the Move
Sex, Love, and Migration

Alexia Bloch

Cornell University Press

This chapter opens emphasizing how recent refugee flows into Turkey and Europe, as well as intensified policing of migrants and general isolationism in Europe and America, suggest an immediate future of global anti-migrant sentiment and immobility for labor migrants. The chapter traces key contributions of the book, specifically drawing attention to: historically inflected circuits of mobility and state power distinctly defining Eurasia under global capitalism; how structures of feeling established under socialism continue to shape the region; and gendered intimate practices as central to the experience of labor migration. Finally, the chapter argues that looking to migrants’ everyday lives, aspirations, and intimate practices provides a more humanized portrait of migrants that can contribute to bringing about political transformation addressing global inequalities.

Keywords:   Socialism, globalization, global capitalism, refugees, labor migration, gender, intimacy, Eurasia, Aspiration

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