Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.

Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.

Kristin Skrabut of Harvard University reviews Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.,  by Ulla Berg. The book combines innovative currents in migration and media studies with a deep understanding of Peruvian history to argue that migration is a form of “communicative practice.” It is a means by which Andean Peruvians convey images of themselves as worldly and engaged in moral and modern pursuits of self-improvement and social ascension that also entail myriad other “always-partial” and often embodied forms of communication. Organized around intersecting themes of mobility, mediation, and ambivalent national belongings, the text guides readers through the affective, embodied, and multiply mediated worlds of Andean migrants as they struggle to negotiate meaningful lives for themselves in Peru and the United States.

Publication Part Of International Migration Review
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Book by Ulla Berg, Rutgers University
Reviewed by Kristin Skrabut, Harvard University

Journal International Migration Review
Date of Publication Summer 2016
Pages e25–e26
DOI 10.1111/imre.12277
Volume 50
Issue Number 2

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