Research premises

A) material culture and mass consumption are key dimensions of contemporary societies, representing an extensive source for a plurality of meaningful practices such as identity and belonging expressions and displays, accumulation of resources, narrating life
experiences or confirming one’s place in the world;
B) mobility and placement are interdependent; thought involving disruptive and reorganizing processes, contemporary migrations do not correspond to a permanent rootless experience;
C) migration is a complex and multisided experience, affecting the ones who travel as well as of the ones who stay; ‘here’ and ‘there’ constitute equally relevant sites and can be addressed in concert.
In view of that, the research’s main interrogation is: how do material culture and consumption practices work to (re)make evaluate and manage migrants’ social belongings and experiences? That is to say, how are things used to manage relationships
and positioning strategies? How is materiality perceived, adjusted, evaluated and handled both by those who leave and those who stay? How are ‘sameness’ and ‘otherness’ objectified? How to characterize the paths and fluxes of people and things and their
intersections? Which logics (objective and subjective) structure these movements and establish those differences?

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Materiality, contemporary movements and policies of belonging