Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society <p><em>Suomen Antropologi – Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society</em> is an open access peer-reviewed publication which accepts scholarly articles, review articles, research reports, critical essays, conference reports, book reviews, and news and information in the field of anthropology and related studies.</p> en-US <p>Copyright and publishing rights for texts published in Suomen Antropologi is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, texts are free to use, with proper attribution and link to the licensing, in educational and non-commercial settings (CC BY-NC 4.0 license).</p> (Matti Eräsaari) (Jani Laatikainen) Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:25:32 +0200 OJS 60 Editor's note Matti Eräsaari Copyright (c) 2020 Matti Eräsaari Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Preface: Stuck in Motion? <p>In this special section we rethink the role of movement and stasis in an age of globalization from an existential perspective. We suggest that this theoretical avenue is particularly well suited to move beyond the dualistic binaries that have haunted much writing on mobilities. Rather than fixating movement and stasis into two opposite poles, this perspective allows us to productively work with the overlaps and paradoxes as they appear in the everyday, thereby carving out a <em>dialectics </em>of im/mobility. We argue that exploring the interplay of movement and stasis has become particularly important in the current global political climate, where the mobilities of people and groups deemed troublesome are violently cut short or obstructed in ways that keep them “stuck” in continuous loops of “motion”. By zooming in on the vectorial metaphors migrants and refugees seemingly stuck in immovable conditions deploy to make sense of their situations, we conceptualize both the existential orientation of migratory projects and the wider social and political coordinates impinging on these inner quests for (forward) movement and/or stillness.</p> Annika Lems, Jelena Tošić Copyright (c) 2020 Annika Lems, Jelena Tošić Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0200 The Queue <p>The contemporary Russian migration regime is grounded in an artificial shortage of legal labour. For migrant workers from ‘visa-free’ states of the former Soviet Union, becoming and remaining documented requires mastering the queue as a distinct social and institutional form. Exploring the everyday tactics of ‘occupying the queue’ among migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, this paper brings an existentially sensitive perspective on migration into conversation with an anthropology of legal time, attentive to the ways in which being ‘stuck in motion’ emerges through the conjunction of competing tempi of work, life, and legalisation. A focus on the queue as social form draws attention to the embodied labour of synchronisation: the physical and social effort entailed in integrating the disjunctive temporal regimes of paid work and documentary verification in contexs of legal precarity. In so doing, the article critically interrogates assumptions of ‘empty time’ in recent anthropological work on waiting.</p> Madeleine Reeves Copyright (c) 2020 Madeleine Madeleine Reeves Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0200 A Bigger Prison <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 150%;" align="JUSTIFY">How does existential mobility—the sense of being able to move forward in one’s life—relate to the experience of borders and limitations? Tawfiq is an Egyptian man who once longed to migrate to Europe or the United States, but has since then worked on and off as migrant worker in the Arab Gulf states. He has reflected on this question by using the metaphor of walls: prison walls over which one wants to jump, new walls which one faces next, walls that gently guide you to a certain direction, and the idea that facing and overcoming obstacles is what human life is about. Based on a longitudinal fieldwork with Egyptian labour migrants to the Gulf, this article takes up migrant labourers’ reflections about different senses of migration and travel, dreams, money, walls, limits, escape, steps, stability, return, postponement, forward movement and loops. Such ideas are helpful for thinking about the existential pursuits of moving forward in life, the moral shape of social becoming, and the political economy of migrant labour. Taken together, they also contribute to a non-binary understanding of movement and stasis, limits and openings, and the direction and magnitude of steps on the path of social becoming.</p> Samuli Schielke Copyright (c) 2020 Samuli Schielke Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Existential Kinetics of Movement and Stasis <p>This article attempts to theorise people’s balancing acts between conditions of movement and stasis. Drawing on a radical empirical reading of one critical moment that occurred while conducting ethnographic research among Eritrean unaccompanied minors living in a Swiss educational institution, it thinks through what happens when this equilibrium is thrown out of whack and life’s flow is suddenly experienced as a standstill. By focusing on the experiences of one young man, it explores the importance of education as a vectorial metaphor for moving forward in one’s life. Zooming in on one critical moment in Abel’s life, it sheds light on what happens when hopes of ‘movement-through-education’ clash with the reality of a restrictive asylum system that curtails young refugees’ hopes for forward movement. By showing the dialectical ways mobility and immobility enter into and envelop each other, the article highlights how an existentially oriented ethnography can be utilised as an avenue for theorising migrant im/mobilities.</p> Annika Lems Copyright (c) 2020 Annika Lems Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:25:11 +0200 Afterword: Bearable Life <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Ghassan Hage Copyright (c) 2020 Ghassan Hage Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:13:44 +0200 Review Essay: Borders as Practices and Processes Ville Laakkonen Copyright (c) 2020 Ville Laakkonen Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:15:38 +0200 Janeja and Bandak (eds), Ethnographies of Waiting Matti Eräsaari Copyright (c) 2020 Matti Eräsaari Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:20:18 +0200 Seebach and Willerslev (eds), Mirrors of Passing Ilona Pajari Copyright (c) 2020 Ilona Pajari Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:19:09 +0200