Placing Displacement: Place-making in a World of Movement

Lems, Annika (2016). Placing Displacement: Place-making in a World of Movement. Ethnos, 81(2), pp. 315-337. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/00141844.2014.931328

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Over the last two decades, there has been a radical shift in anthropology from stable, rooted and mappable identities to fluid, transitory and migratory forms of belonging. Displacement has become the new trope through which anthropologists have come to look at the world. As a result, place has received an ambiguous position. Focusing on the life experiences of one Somali refugee woman living in Melbourne and her engagement with place, this article questions the current emphasis on space and boundlessness in anthropological discourses on displacement. It argues that rather than developing theoretical concepts that bypass people's experiences, the zooming in on individuals' lifeworlds allows for a close look at the particularity and everydayness of being-in-place. It shows the need for a more complex and nuanced view of displacement – one that values people's lived experiences and one that takes the placement in displacement more seriously.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Lems, Annika


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services




Taylor & Francis




Annika Lems

Date Deposited:

12 May 2015 16:23

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2016 12:29

Publisher DOI:



Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback