To repair the injury and stifled agency caused by master narratives of migration stories, I call for narratives that specifically counter storying that reflects the master narrative. This narrative repair acknowledges narrative fatigue, embraces paradoxical tensions of migration, and assumes the paraliminality of migration (a constant overarching state of transition, which in histories of migration, often exists without the aid of supportive community). Abandoning the idea that evocative laments and critiques are enough for empowerment, I call for the embrace of difficult and contradictory narratives told simply, as the foundation for strengthening identities and providing dynamic stability.
Paradox and Paraliminality of (Im)Migration: An Urgent Cry for Narrative Repair
Sarah Amira de la Garza is Associate Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. The author wishes to acknowledge Debbie Fossum for her exhaustive research support in the study of migration narratives and Reslie Cortés for working through these ideas with me as they were developing. Correspondence to: Sarah Amira de la Garza, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Box 871205, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sarah Amira de la Garza; Paradox and Paraliminality of (Im)Migration: An Urgent Cry for Narrative Repair. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2019; 8 (2): 82–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.2.82
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