Author : Sang Kook Lee
Publisher : Yonsei Uinversity Press
260 page /153 * 223 * 20mm
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About This Book
Beyond Bare Lives is an on-the-ground cultural documentation of the lives of migrants who overcome vulnerability as they move in and out of border social systems. The book explores how Myanmar migrants living in the Thai border city of Mae Sot with precarious status play a legitimate role in perpetuating the border social system. The book goes beyond the conventional view of migrants as victims to reveal the agency of migrants as they construct and expand their lives by using the border as a living world.
This book integrates the formal and the informal, offers perspectives on understanding border societies, and examines the lived worlds of migrants. It reveals that migrant camps provide a stable place for vulnerable migrants to live, that smuggling is a long-standing tradition and, from the local perspective, an everyday economic activity, and that migrant schools and hospitals are growing into legitimate institutions with the cooperation of migrants, Thais, and foreigners.
Beyond Bare Lives draws attention to migrants' practices of transnational mobility and emphasizes that this mobility is a force that dynamizes rather than disrupts border social systems. It reveals that migrants are utilizing mobility as a new weapon in the process of overcoming vulnerability and living out their transnational desires.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Development of a Border Social System
Chapter 3 Migrant Enclaves: Ghettos or Transnational Social Spaces?
Chapter 4 Behind the Scenes: Smuggling in the Borderland
Chapter 5 Migrant Schools: From the Informal to the Formal
Chapter 6 A Migrant Clinic: Legitimacy, Partnerships, and Cross-Border Healthcare Mobility Chapter 7 Mobility Practices: The Bangkok Dream, Resettlement, and Borderland Dynamics Chapter 8 Conclusion