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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration$
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Graciela S. Cabana and Jeffery J. Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036076

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036076.001.0001

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Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes

Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes

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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Wesley R. Bernardini

University Press of Florida

What if both social boundaries and the groups we envision crossing them are less discrete than we had imagined? This chapter presents a cautionary note regarding boundedness in migration studies based on ethnographic and archaeological data from the U.S. Southwest, where pre-contact social borders were relatively fuzzy, units of migration were small and surprisingly unstable over time, and migration consisted not of singular, disruptive “events” but rather a multi-generational, sequential process. These conditions characterize what Wesley Bernardini terms “fluid” social landscapes, and they present an analytical and conceptual challenge to even the minimal definition of migration utilized in this volume.

Keywords:   migration, Hopi, clan, identity, U.S. Southwest, archaeology

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