Re-imagining belonging to Brazil: Active immobility in times of crisis


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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pThis paper uses qualitative data conducted in São Paulo, Brazil with those who possessed the capability to emigrate yet had chosen to remain in place. It explores the strategies these ‘stayers’ employed to create and reproduce a sense of belonging to place in the midst of political disruption and alienation. This is in the context of Brazil's jats:italiclava jato</jats:italic> (car wash) political corruption scandal which culminated in the election of President Bolsonaro and affected many Brazilian citizens' sense of belonging. Particular attention is paid to the way articulations of subnational and supranational scales of belonging relate to the national. Belonging at the national scale remains salient but through a process of interpolation with affective, local, urban and cosmopolitan forms of belonging. Immobility thus becomes an active practice through the (re)imagining and re‐scaling of a sense of belonging. Developing this concept of ‘active’ immobility recognises immobility as a phenomenon that is driven by individual and structural elements that are as diverse and dynamic as those that affect mobility. The paper contributes to debates about the relationship between forms of local national and cosmopolitan belonging.</jats:p>

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belonging, Bolsonaro, Brazil, immobility, migration, Sao Paulo
Journal Title
POPULATION SPACE AND PLACE
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1544-8444
1544-8452
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Wiley
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Economic and Social Research Council (ES/V011863/1)