Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 289–302

Making connections: Ethno-mimesis, migration and diaspora

Field Note


This paper presents a 10-year trajectory of research in the United Kingdom exploring the asylum-migration nexus and processes of belonging using participatory and arts-based methodologies. The relational dynamics involved in exploring the space between ethnography and arts-based practice (ethno-mimesis) are viewed through the work of critical theorists Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin. These psychoanalytic critical theorists provide a framework for thinking through the relationship between art and society, participatory research and the politics of representation.


asylum-migration nexus ethno-mimesis recognition; praxis 

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© Palgrave Macmillan 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loughborough University, Epinall WayLoughboroughUK

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