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Anna Amelina, Jana Schäfer, Miriam Friz Trzeciak: Classificatory Struggles Revisited: Theorizing Current Conflicts over Migration, Belonging and Membership

In: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Volume 19, Issue 1 (2021)

Building on the reflexive turn in migration studies, the editorial proposes a conceptual heuristic for studying current conflicts over migration in Europe and beyond. The article integrates a non-essentialist understanding of migration, theories of belonging, membership and boundary-making and perspectives from cross-border studies. It calls to approach multiple social and political conflicts around migration as embedded in struggles over the migration-reladted classifications and powerful discourses of othering. Finally, it provides an overview of the contents of the special issue.