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Politics and Poetics of Migration
Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora
By Parin Dossa
This book uses gendered stories of displacement and re-settlement to interrogate our understanding of social suffering and justice. Parin Dossa, an anthropologist, argues that systemic inequity and exclusionary practices impact the health and well-being of marginalized people.
Using narrative accounts of Canadian Iranian women, this book links individual experiences of migration to social and political factors. Dossa challenges conventional thinking that interprets social suffering in terms of personal stake and individual accountability. She questions the ways in which racialized and gendered inequality in Canada are perceived as cultural differences instead of social oppression.
Yet this book is far from a laundry list of social determinants of migration and health. Dossa's illustrative stories are linked to a poetics of migration that shows the remaking of a world with a more informed sense of social justice. A pioneering study on migration and storytelling, this book is an important contribution to medical anthropology, migration and gender studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Epistemology and Methodology
Chapter 2: Authored and Unauthored Texts
Chapter 3: Being a Refugee in Canada: Sultan's Story
Chapter 4: Looking for Work: Nadia's Story
Chapter 5: Between Speech and Silence: Sahra's Story
Chapter 6: On Social Suffering: Fatima's Story
Conclusion: Re-imagining Mental Health and Well-being