Global Migration and Social Change

Belonging in Translation: Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan, First Edition
Reiko Shindo

Hardback | Aug 2019 | Bristol University Press | 9781529201871 | 216pp | 234x156mm | RFB | AUD$179.99, NZD$199.99

While global mobility is increasingly governed through security and social exclusion, it has also led to political activism which challenges the existing parameters of citizenship. This book analyses different practices and strategies employed by noncitizen migrant groups to reimagine what it means to belong to a community.

Based on ethnographic case studies of Japan, the book investigates how political claims for citizenship are made in multilingual migrant activism. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book demonstrates various ways in which miscommunication shapes interactions between citizens and noncitizens and how this challenges the existing contours of community.