Mourning Missing Migrants : Ambiguous Loss and the Grief of Strangers
Mirto, G., Robins, S., Horsti, K., Prickett, P. J., Ruiz Verduzco, D., & Toom, V. (2020). Mourning Missing Migrants : Ambiguous Loss and the Grief of Strangers. In P. Cuttitta, & T. Last (Eds.), Border Deaths : Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality (pp. 103-116). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvt1sgz6.10
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While the term missing refers to various instances and practices, we focus on the bodies of deceased migrants that remain unidentified, and on the inability of families to mourn someone when there is no body to grieve for. We deploy some ethnographic fragments of how Italian communities sometimes mourn those who are buried without a name and we describe the many problems of mourning someone whose fate is unknown through a discussion of the notion of ‘ambiguous loss’. Our contribution articulates some of the politics around deaths in migration by considering how missing migrants and their bodies are mourned in multiplicity.
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
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