Everyday Politics of Mobility: Translocal Livelihoods and Illegalisation in the Global South

Translated title of the contribution: Everyday Politics of Mobility

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This article contributes to migration and livelihood scholarship by reflecting on global and political dimensions of livelihoods and experiences of illegalisation in Central America. Based on multi-sited ethnographic research with Nicaraguan families and their migrant family members in Costa Rica, the article adopts a translocal livelihood perspective and uses the notion of everyday politics to explore migrants’ mobility practices and nuance the role and reach of illegalisation in relatively accessible South–South migration. In conclusion, the article reinvigorates the notion of ‘everyday politics of mobility’ to incorporate the multi-sitedness, multi-dimensionality and multi-directionality of translocalising livelihoods, offering a lens for future comparison of illegalisation within and beyond the so-called Global South.
Translated title of the contributionEveryday Politics of Mobility
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)77-101
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Latin American Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research has benefitted from the Flemish Interuniversity Council VLIR-UOS, the Research Foundation - Flanders travel grant (FWO grant K221714N), the University of Antwerp Doctoral School grant for fieldwork, and the IOB research fund. I would like to thank José Luis Rocha for his encouragement in the early stages of this article, Carlos Sandoval-García for his challenging remarks, and three anonymous reviewers, two JLAS editors and my former colleagues Johan Bastiaensen and Griet Steel for their valuable comments on earlier drafts. I also wish to thank all the research participants for welcoming me and sharing their experiences.

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.


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