The (Im)Possibilities Of The Politics Of Solidarity: Human Rights Defenders Discourse, Humanitarian Aid Dynamics and Transmigrants Experiences In Mexico's Transit Assistance-Based Places.

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Mexico has the most transited migratory corridor in the world . The complex migratory flows transiting the country—mainly Mexican, Central and South Amer- ican—have historically been perceived as economic and male . Scholars have not- ed as problematic the categorisation of the ‘labour migrant’ as being exclusive- ly voluntary. It has been demonstrated that framing agency through simplified understandings of ‘voluntary’ and ‘involuntary’ movement cannot easily capture the realities of movements along the Mexican corridor. Identification using legal categories such as “illegal” migrant end up demarcating and ‘invisiblising’ individ- uals eligible for protection . The securitisation of borders and criminalisation of migration throughout the 20th century, led by the global north, has intensified and has added further fuel to the fire. Protection has still not been clearly delineated for the undocumented and seems to be eclipsed through the criminalisation of migration . Incidents such as death, rape, kidnappings and other types of abuse faced by transit migrants have opened up the debate among key human rights stakeholders on solidarity and protection . Human rights defenders have estab- lished shelters, humanitarian aid, led manifestations, caravans and campaigns ‘in solidarity’ with the migrant among other activities and services . These forms of solidarity have been predominately presented by human rights actors to the Mex- ican government through human rights and humanitarian visa appeals for mi- grants to transit the country . These appeals and other forms of emerging human- itarian aid dynamics are occurring outside the refugee protection regime . Also the majority of human rights defenders are non-state actors—albeit there is reliance on states for the implementation of human rights . The purpose of this paper— based on extensive qualitative research in transit-assistance based places—is to explore what kind of contribution the politics of solidarity has in (re)shaping the transmigrant subject; focusing on key human rights defenders discourse, humani- tarian aid dynamics and transmigrants experiences .


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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 13
Publication categoryResearch
EventXVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an unequal world: Challenges for global sociology - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 2014 Jul 132014 Jul 19


ConferenceXVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
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