Power Dynamics in Migration

  • Tilmann HeilEmail author
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


Power dynamics in migration shape the configurations of difference in Casamance and Catalonia. Casamançais offer a partial reading of the legacies and contemporary experiences of power asymmetries related to migration in Casamance, which they apply and adjust in Catalonia. Teranga, a complex notion of hospitality, and patronage-like tutorship relations that are hierarchical but also reciprocal and therefore respectful are key. Certain categories of strangers remain excluded from cohabitation. In Catalonia, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, as well as victimization, contrast with policies of reception and local residency. Framing migration as adventure prepares Casamançais for abusive experiences. Ultimately, certain levels of inequality are sustained in conviviality as Casamançais remain invested in interaction, negotiation, and translation. These practices are part of the repertoires of dealing with power asymmetries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.National Museum (PPGAS), Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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