Nichola Khan

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This chapter explores the relation of forms of immobility to mobility, through examples relating to transnational migration, progress, labor, and the market. It provokes connections between anthropological readings of immobility’s spatio-temporal, political, economic, and human dimensions in these fields with wider developments in the social sciences. It additionally explores some intensities of passion (grief, hope, waiting, feeling stuck) generated in the valuation of immobility as both positive and negative. It argues for ways immobility can encompass modes of resistance, refusal, or freedom, or signal the painful limits of individual autonomy. One overarching question concerns ways the immobile becomes positioned as ‘either-or’ a form of life or death; some conceptualisations are proposed that might transcend these divisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeywords of Mobility: Critical Engagements
EditorsN. Salazar, K. Jayaram
Place of PublicationNew York and Oxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
ISBN (Electronic)9781785331473
ISBN (Print)9781785331466
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameWorlds in Motion

Bibliographical note

This chapter appears in a larger collection published by Berghahn Books Khan, Nichola. 2015. “Immobility.” Keywords of Mobility: Critical Engagements, Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram (eds). New York: Berghahn Books.


  • anthropology and mobilities
  • immobilities
  • migration
  • affect
  • liminality
  • wayfaring


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