and migration is not to render their signiï¬cance incidental either to the contemporary conï¬guration of the world we inhabit or to the popular and intellectual imaginary of that world, for the world we ââimagineââ 4 is now ââglobalââ and connected in tangible and elusive ways. The movement of peoples and goods is no longer conï¬ned to binary itineraries between proper units of the Inter-national Order put in place at the turn of the twentieth century. It is more and more diï¬cult to isolate a rupture in the global order of things; a ï¬nancial crisis here and a refugee crisis there are experienced worldwide, albeit diï¬erentially. The direction of the movement is not simply from peripheries to centers, from Third Worlds to the First. The citizens of the Third World are everywhere (Pakistanis in Japan, Indonesians in Malaysia, Zimbabweans in Botswana, and so on). The citizens of the First World are seeking fortunes in Third Worlds (the British in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Dublin, Americans in Mexico, and so on).5 In the contemporary topography of the ââglobal,ââ as Chambers puts it, ââmigrancy involves a movement in which neither the points of departure nor those of arrival are immutable or
South Atlantic Quarterly – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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