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

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nina Laurie, Dr Meena Poudel, Dr Janet Townsend


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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.

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Author(s): Laurie N, Poudel M, Richardson D, Townsend JG

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unpublished

Conference Name: Crossing Borders, Traversing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap Between International and Internal Migration Research Theory

Year of Conference: 2011

Notes: we 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.