Mediated Emotions of Migration

Reclaiming Affect for Agency

By Sukhmani Khorana

Published

Dec 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529218237

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529218244

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Mediated Emotions of Migration

This book unpacks how emotions and affect are key conceptual lenses for understanding contemporary processes and discourses around migration.

Drawing on empirical research, grassroots projects with migrants and refugees, and mediated stories of migration and asylum seeking from the Global North, the book sheds light on the affects of empathy, aspiration and belonging to reveal how they can be harnessed as public emotions of positive collective change.

In the face of increasing precariousness, Khorana calls for uncovering the potential of these affects in order to build new forms of care and solidarities across differences, and in the wake of intersecting global crises.

Sukhmani Khorana is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at the Young and Resilient Research Centre, Western Sydney University.

Introduction

Part I: Empathy

Jacinta Ardern and the politics of leadership empathy

Beyond empathy, towards witnessing for better refugee policies

Part II: Aspiration

Asian Americans and Asian Australians in the Media: Between stereotypes and aspirations

Aspiration for collective progress: Diverse political representation in Canada

Part III: Belonging

Beyond precarity: Stories foregrounding the agency of refugees from Europe and Australia

Belonging as affect: Towards paradigms for reciprocal care

Conclusion