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Brian Doucet, Rianne van Melik, and Pierre Filion

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529218961

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529218961.001.0001

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Migration in the Times of Immobility: Liminal Geographies of Walking and Dispossession in India

Migration in the Times of Immobility: Liminal Geographies of Walking and Dispossession in India

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(p.163) Fifteen Migration in the Times of Immobility: Liminal Geographies of Walking and Dispossession in India
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Volume 2: Housing and Home
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Kamalika Banerjee

Samadrita Das

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529218961.003.0015

This chapter takes the idea of housing outside the realm of private dwellings to explore the migration of thousands of laborers out of India's largest and wealthiest cities during the early days of lockdown. It discusses how the laborers walked, sometimes thousands of kilometers, back to their home villages because lockdown meant that their ability to earn livelihoods in the city had abruptly come to a halt. It refers to precarity that was exacerbated by the withdrawal of the state in providing assistance to the laborers, generating liminal spaces of dwelling, governance, and citizenship. The chapter argues that the Covid-19 pandemic generated new forms of dispossession and vulnerability for migrant laborers. It elaborates how the laborers inhabited a state of both social and spatial liminality as they moved from their homes to their native villages.

Keywords:   housing, India, lockdown, Covid-19, COVID pandemic, liminal spaces, migrant laborers, native villages

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