Crossing back over the open border: geographies of post trafficking citizenship in Nepal

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  2. Professor Nina Laurie
  3. Dr Meena Poudel
  4. Dr Janet Townsend
Author(s)Laurie N, Poudel M, Richardson D, Townsend JG
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameCrossing Borders, Traversing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap Between International and Internal Migration Research Theory
Conference LocationAsia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Year of Conference2011
Legacy Date13-14 October 2011
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This paper argues that open borders may circumscribe and shape women’s lives in powerfully embodied ways. Bringing to light the everyday ways in which returnee trafficked women deal with the stigma and marginalisation they experience upon return to Nepal illuminates this. We argue that more academic attention needs to be given to the situation of trafficked women when they return from trafficking situations and seek to (re)establish a sense of belonging and respect.
Noteswe focus on the processes and mechanisms of citizenship, examining the interplay of state and non-state actors (national and transnational) in constructing political subjectivity in Nepal. We argue that state codifying of collective identities in relation to citizenship occurs in ways that marginalise the lived experiences, and related political rights based claims, of returnee trafficked women and the organisations that represent them.