(Un)folding places with care: Migrant caregivers ‘dwelling-in-folds’

Dara Ivanova*

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This paper is based on longitudinal ethnographic work among Bulgarian migrant women who work as live-in caregivers and domestic workers in Italian households and explores the analytical potential of place and place making for transmigration literature by conceptualizing the co-production of place with subjectivities. Such approach sensitizes to mundane practices of care and belonging, which actively create migratory lives of meaning. Drawing on Deleuze's concept of the fold as subjectivity and Clifford's notion of dwelling-in-travelling, I propose the term ‘dwelling-in-folds’ – and its mechanism ‘folding place’ – in order to make sense of temporary migrants’ experience of place(s) that foregrounds their ability to connect and reconcile fractures and discontinuities, particularly when doing transnational motherhood. In doing so, the paper folds place empirically – showing how ‘dwelling-in-folds’ is achieved and unfolds place analytically – demonstrating the potential of this concept for sociology and transmigration studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-225
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal Networks
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Aug 2021


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