“There is a way of being weary” – Latine perspectives on mobilities in East Boston

Authors: Mitchell Snider*, University of Kentucky
Topics: Migration, Immigration/Transnationalism, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Latine, Latinx, migration, mobilities, inclusion, exclusion, belonging, Boston
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
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East Boston has been home to immigrants throughout its past. Today it is a neighborhood that Latine migrants from El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries call home. Though it is readily accessible to Boston proper (and vice versa), residents indicate that they feel a bit separate from life, spaces, and residents elsewhere in the city. Since it is well-connected via subway, participants in this research make a good case for studying the exclusionary/inclusionary aspects of mobilities beyond transportation. Though I sought to ‘simply’ discuss how unauthorized migrants’ everyday socio-spatial, material and imagined mobilities impacted their feelings and experiences of inclusion and exclusion, the participants often turned towards broader mobilities that exceeded their own to discuss experiences of socio-spatial, material and imaginary exclusion/inclusion. Rather than discard these, herein I include these conversations to consider how participants represented this conceptualization that was broader than my own to consider how the mobilities of people, places, and things were discussed in participants’ discussions about their experiences of socio-spatial exclusion and inclusion.

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