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Mobile Selves


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Table of Contents


List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part I. Cosmopolitan Desires

1. Salir Adelante: Migration, Travel, and Aspirational Economies in the Central Andes 43

2. Paper Fixes: The Making of Mobile Subjects in Peru's Migration Industry 73

Part II. Transnational Socialities

3. Remote Sensing: Structures of Feeling in Long-Distance Communication 105

4. Unfortunate Visibilities: The Transnational Circulation of Image-Objects 141

Part III. Discrepant Publics

5. Enframing Peruvianness: Folkloric Citizenship and Immigrant Personhood 177

6. Phantom Citizens in El Quinto Suyo 209

Conclusion 231

Notes 247

Bibliography 263

Index 293

About the Author 304

About the Author

Ulla D. Berg is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latino Studies at Rutgers University (NJ). She has conducted extensive ethnographic research in the central highlands of Peru and among migrants from this area in the United States. She is the co-editor of Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas.


"In a historical moment when Latin American economic development and proliferating communication technologies are changing the stakes and forms of transitional migration, Mobile Selves models the sophisticated ways scholars can integrate analyses of old and new media into their discussions of migration."-International Migration Review
"This [book] supported by some recent fieldwork and 16 pages of notes, 29 pages of references, 11 pages of index, and 13 photographs, will be of interest to all social scientists interested in this issue."-
"A highly original and compelling work, one that will receive a lot of attention. . . . I read it with great fascination."-Susan Coutin,University of California, Irvine
"In addition to Berg's work being of major interest to academics in the growing area of transnational Andean and Latino studies, it also provides an insightful and nuanced analysis for humanities and social sciences scholars in other disciplines in addressing race, identity, performance and inequality."-Border Criminologies
"Mobile Selves clearly shows that transitional migration is an important site for critically approaching belonging, inclusiveness, and citizenship within countries of origin as well as globally."-American Anthropologist
"Berg's analysis of Peruvian racial formations in new and transforming contexts of transnational mobility offers new insights about the diversity of migration strategies and experiences of racialization in receiving countries. With beautiful ethnographic detail and thoughtful analysis of media circulation in particular, she lays out how migrants communicate their identities and aspirations."-Jessaca Leinaweaver,Brown University

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