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Stuck in a Non-place: a study on Haitian migrants’ temporary settlement in Brazil and perceptions of time

"Capa quadrada em tom de laranja e preto. Ao fundo, trabalhadores migrantes que regressam a casa por estrada devido à pandemia do vírus corona. Centralizado escrito em branco: ""Luiza Silva de Andrade"". Título escrito em amarelo: ""Stuck in a Non-place"", subtítulo escrito em branco: ""a study on Haitian migrants’ temporary settlement in Brazil and perceptions of time"". Rodapé em amarelo o selo editorial Pimenta Cultural. Fim da descrição.
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ISBN digital:

9786559398676

ISBN impresso:

Publicação apenas digital

DOI:

10.31560/pimentacultural/2023.98676

Autora: Luiza Silva de Andrade

This books is the product of research conducted in the Brazilian Border with Bolívia in 2013, where a migrant temporary shelter hosted, under a humanitarian visa, hundreds of Haitians that had fled several stages of human insecurity back in their homeland. In order to survive and with the dream of leaving soon, migrants strategise their relationships and harnest social navigation skills. This fieldwork was part of the Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology programa at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, for which the author was granted a VU Scholarship.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Preface


Executive summary


CHAPTER 1

Introduction

1.1. “I can’t eat the English…”

1.2. Local Background

1.3. Packing up the agency

1.4. Getting there

1.5. Ontological Insecurity

1.6. Brazilian Presence in Haiti

1.7. Social and Scientific Relevance


CHAPTER 2

Methodology

2.1. Research Question

2.2. Participant observation & Field notes

2.3. Interviews

2.4. Mapping Exodus & group discussions

2.5. Restrictions

2.6. Awareness: Hugging the world with your arms

2.7. The research site

2.8. The people


CHAPTER 3

“One must close his nose to drink stinky water”

3.1. “This is my first time living this kind of life”

3.2. “It’s better your arm hurt, than your mind hurt.”

3.3. Temporary settlement

3.4. Through the lens of Human Security

3.5. “Opportunity doesn’t present itself twice”

3.6. Living on bank transfers

3.7. Weighing insecurities


CHAPTER 4

Navigating Insecurities

4.1. “Each firefly only lights the path for itself”

4.2. “She is white. Of course she can help.”

4.3. Relating Capital to Social Navigation


CHAPTER 5

Falling In a Gap

5.1. “Did you have a plan before you came here?”

5.2. “Now I’m living with no address. I used to have one.”

5.3. “I just want a ‘but’ before me.”

5.4. In Between

5.5. “We are misplaced”


Conclusion


Afterword


References


Appendices


About the author

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