‘We sit and wait’: migration, mobility and temporality in Guliston, southern Tajikistan

Ibanez-Tirado, Diana (2017) ‘We sit and wait’: migration, mobility and temporality in Guliston, southern Tajikistan. Current Sociology. ISSN 0011-3921 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This article analyses how people in Guliston, southern Tajikistan, conceive of ‘waiting’ both for labour-migrants to return from Russia, and to realise the projects that these migrants and their families envision. In Guliston people talk about two contradictory forms of waiting: on the one hand they associate waiting with sitting and doing nothing. On the other, they equally emphasise the active roles they play to keep their village full of vitality while they wait for their migrant-relatives to return. Stressing the interdependencies between temporality and mobility, and the experiences of time and place by those who stay in their villages and those who migrate, this article argues that people in Guliston practice ‘waiting’ as active and creative processes that figure prominently in their production of specific forms of sociality and community, and their village as a dynamic place at the centre of a circulation of caregiving.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: waiting, temporality, mobility, migration, village, caregiving, patron-client relations, Tajikistan
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History > D135 Migrations
D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK0501 Local history and description
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN357 Culture and cultural processes Including social change, structuralism, diffusion, etc.
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 10:04
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 10:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70080

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