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Knowledge production, reflexivity, and the use of categories in migration studies: tackling challenges in the field
Résumé Recent debates in migration studies target the non-reflexive use of categories that derive from nation-state- and ethnicity-centred epistemologies. However, what a category is and how categorization works remain undertheorized. Our paper addresses this gap. Through a qualitative study on experiences of Othering among migrant descendants in Zurich (CH) and Edinburgh (UK), we scrutinize the perspectival, political, and performative nature of categories. We show how the persons informing our study were highly reflexive when using the category migrant descendant: They contested, negotiated, and navigated it in multiple ways. Although this specific category is firmly embedded in the “national order of things”, it ultimately proved to be inclusive. We argue that reflexivity in the field can not only create space for the often-muted voices of research participants, but also helps to overcome important pitfalls that derive from issues of legitimacy, representation, and power relations in scientific knowledge production.
   
Mots-clés eflexivity, categorization, knowledge co-production, migrant descendants, post-migration societies, nation-state- and ethnicity-centred epistemologies
   
Citation Dahinden, J., Fischer, C., & Menet, J. (2020). Knowledge production, reflexivity, and the use of categories in migration studies: tackling challenges in the field. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 10.1080/01419870.2020.1752926, 1-20.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 22-4-2020
Nom du périodique Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume 10.1080/01419870.2020.1752926
Pages 1-20
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1752926
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