This volume responds to the question: How do you know when you belong to a country? In other words, when is the nation-state a homeland? The boundaries and borders defining who belongs and who does not proliferate in the age of globalization, although they may not coincide with national jurisdictions. Contributors to this collection engage with how these boundaries are made and sustained, examining how belonging is mediated by material relations of power, capital, and circuits of communication technology on the one side and representations of identity, nation, and homeland on the other. The authors’ diverse methodologies, ranging from archival research, oral histories, literary criticism, and ethnography attend to these contradictions by studying how the practices of migration and identification, procured and produced through global exchanges of bodies and goods that cross borders, foreclose those borders to (re)produce, and (re)imagine the homeland and its boundaries.

chapter |27 pages


Theorizing Belonging against and beyond Imagined Communities
ByMargaret Franz, Kumarini Silva

part I|67 pages

Territories, Sovereignties, and Legal Geographies

chapter 1|8 pages

Migration Law as a State (Re)producing Mechanism

ByMagdalena Kmak

chapter 2|9 pages


A Threat to the European Identity? A Legal Analysis of the Borders and Boundaries of the European Homeland
ByCarola Lingaas

chapter 3|19 pages

“Entitlement” Warfare

Indigenous and Immigrant Welfare and Remapping Neoliberal National (B)orders
ByLeah Perry

chapter 4|14 pages

“When Is a Migrant a Refugee?”

Hierarchizing Migrant Life
ByChina Medel, Yuridia Ramírez

chapter 5|15 pages

El país-de-en-medio, or the Plural Stories of Legalities in the US-Mexican Borderland

ByLuis Gómez Romero, María de la Macarena Iribarne González

part II|78 pages

Narrating the Homeland, Mediating Belonging

chapter 6|9 pages

And Europe Said, Let There Be Borders

Autoethnographic Reflections on Border Crossings and Violence
ByKalemba Kizito

chapter 7|9 pages

Departures and Arrivals in a Columbian World

ByMarjorie Florestal

chapter 8|8 pages

“Dreaming of Addis Ababa”

In the Afterlives of Inter-War Christian Internationalism
BySneha Krishnan

chapter 9|17 pages

“Politics Are Not for Small People”

Expectations for Tibetan Youth, and the Question of Deviancy in Exile
ByAlana Vehaba

chapter 10|12 pages

“Never Come Back, You Hear Me!”

Negotiating “Bulgarian-ness” and “Homeland” in Public Discourses on Emigration
ByNadezhda Sotirova

chapter 11|9 pages

DREAMer Narratives

Redefining Immigration, Redefining Belonging
BySvilen V. Trifonov

chapter 12|12 pages

Indigenous Sovereignty and Nationhood

The Standing Rock Movement
ByMahuya Pal, Ryan A. D’Souza