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Paradox and Paraliminality of (Im)Migration: An Urgent Cry for Narrative Repair

Paradox and Paraliminality of (Im)Migration: An Urgent Cry for Narrative Repair To repair the injury and stifled agency caused by master narratives of migration stories, I call for narratives that specifically counter storying that reflects the master narrative. This narrative repair acknowledges narrative fatigue, embraces paradoxical tensions of migration, and assumes the paraliminality of migration (a constant overarching state of transition, which in histories of migration, often exists without the aid of supportive community). Abandoning the idea that evocative laments and critiques are enough for empowerment, I call for the embrace of difficult and contradictory narratives told simply, as the foundation for strengthening identities and providing dynamic stability. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Departures in Critical Qualitative Research University of California Press

Paradox and Paraliminality of (Im)Migration: An Urgent Cry for Narrative Repair

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University of California Press
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2333-9497
DOI
10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.2.82
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Abstract

To repair the injury and stifled agency caused by master narratives of migration stories, I call for narratives that specifically counter storying that reflects the master narrative. This narrative repair acknowledges narrative fatigue, embraces paradoxical tensions of migration, and assumes the paraliminality of migration (a constant overarching state of transition, which in histories of migration, often exists without the aid of supportive community). Abandoning the idea that evocative laments and critiques are enough for empowerment, I call for the embrace of difficult and contradictory narratives told simply, as the foundation for strengthening identities and providing dynamic stability.

Journal

Departures in Critical Qualitative ResearchUniversity of California Press

Published: Jun 1, 2019

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