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”Laiton” matkaaja: Paperittomuus ja rajojen valta
Sosiaaliantropologi ja siirtolainen Shahram Khosravi johdattaa lukijan oman pakomatkansa vaiheisiin, jotka vievät hänet 1980-luvun sotivasta Iranista turvapaikanhakijaksi Ruotsiin. Matkansa aikana hän joutuu vaikeuksiin viranomaisten kanssa, tapaa ihmissalakuljettajia ja tutustuu toisiin paperittomiin siirtolaisiin, joiden kokemukset nivoutuvat osaksi hänen omaa ...more
Published 2013 by Gaudeamus
(first published April 14th 2010)
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Shahram Koshravi’s book is a brilliant example of auto-ethnography, in which personal experiences and ethnographic writing techniques merge into his expressive language. He pauses his story line and flashes back to explain the historical background, social life, geography, and politics in Iran. In doing this, he is not only talking about Iran and its border countries; in fact, he informs us about the global power relations and economy politics of border-crossing through providing examples from ...more
Highly relevant and interesting read for anyone interested in the fate and situation of emigration from the middle east. I would want to say that I couldn't put it down, but I had to, because I got so angry. This is the book to read if you want to express your opinion on closing borders.
"Midnight passed; the whole landscape was wrapped in silence. The road separated Iran from Afghanistan. It was the border. Shrouded in a deadly stillness was the road; one of the most sanguinary borders in the world laid in wait for its next prey. It was a moonless night. 'Good! The darkness shelters us', said my smuggler. Indeed, it is not fair for him to be called a smuggler , as it was he who rescued me from certain death in a dreadful war. The gravel road separated two states, defining ...more
Shahram Khosravi’s text, ‘Illegal’ Traveler: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders depicts the reality of a politicized person displaced through immigration and refugee status by the nation-state structure of the world. Through description of his own migrant and refugee history, Khosravi makes cross-cultural claims to the human smuggling and trafficking world that migrant people experience. Understanding the ultimate double absence (88) that emerges once a person begins a journey (as well as in the ...more
This is a great little book about borders, refugees, nation-states, etc. It is intellectual without being impenetrable or condescending and it is readable without oversimplifying or...being condescending. He has an interesting discussion about "refugeeness" near the end of the book, which is (obviously I'm roughly paraphrasing) the bundle of assumptions and expectations that people make about what it means to be a refugee that people attempting to resettle are then expected to perform in all of ...more
I read this book for my Children, Migration and Transnational Childhoods class, and it tells Shahram Khosravi's experience of leaving Iran until he finally reached Sweden. Along the way, Khosravi describes his struggles with crossing the Iranian border to Afghanistan then Pakistan and India before reaching Sweden, staying in refugee camps, a hotel with other undocumented migrants, and an apartment with 15 other people. Once in Sweden, his struggle did not end for he faced racism and detention. ...more
Hieno pieni kirja! Jos saisin päättää, että kaikkien maailman ihmisten on luettava yksi kirja siirtolaisuudesta, niin se olisi tämä. Kirjoittaja on antropologi joka tekee autoetnografiaa omista kokemuksistaan dokumentoimattomana siirtolaisena ja turvapaikanhakijana, ja etnografiaa paperittomien keskuudessa. Kouriintuntuva, karun kaunis ja kiinnostava kuvaus paperittoman siirtolaisuuden todellisuudesta. Valtaosa kirjassa esitetyistä ajatuksista ja niiden taustateorioista oli tuttuja, mutta ...more
One of those books that every person should read. It puts you on the shoes of the others, breaks down stereotypes, and builds up sympathy. Easy read, difficult to not get angry, and to put the book down. Excellent piece of anthropological work as well. Again, everybody should read this book, especially with the current affairs.