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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 tarinaansa ...more
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Published 2013 by Gaudeamus (first published April 14th 2010)
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Aidan Vosooghi
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-ethnography
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Sevi
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 s ...more
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Everyone should read this book.
Mehrenegar
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eelin Hoffström
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.
Arda
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully-written autoethnography that captures some of the hardships endured in between border crossings.
Jakob
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, informative and touching. He was my teacher in social antrophology in Sweden. I recommend anyone who's looking to study in Stockholm University to take his course.
Hiba
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 tw ...more
Lilia
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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 id ...more
Adam
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karalee Shotola
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. A ...more
Jacopo
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it very odd and at times out of place as it is a mix between personal life experiences, as a migrant and refugee, and at times it is an ethnographic work by a university professor. The terms used are at times incorrect, mixing refugees, migrants, asylum-seekers.

I enjoyed the parts relating to his personal life the most, it was very interesting to discover what the author has gone through since the 80s in Iran to the 2000 in Sweden with all that went on in between.
Sosa Coleone
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Get me a passport?
Maddie Cramer
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Everyone should read this book.
Vilja
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ainaha ...more
Laura Ramirez Ferreira
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.
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awesome ethnography, balanced between its ethnographic stories, personal insights and theory. Very nice and easy to read for an ethnography
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