Author Archives: Georgina Ramsay

About Georgina Ramsay

Georgina Ramsay is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Delaware. Her work focuses on displacement in relation to temporality and political economy, and she has published on these topics in a number of journals as well as in her book, Impossible Refuge: The Control and Constraint of Refugee Futures (Routledge, 2018). She is the forthcoming co-editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Deexceptionalizing Displacement: An Introduction

Abstract: Displacement is often framed as exceptional to a presumed norm of national sedentism. However, displacement can be seen as an increasingly ubiquitous experience, deriving from conditions that throw into question the sustainability and flourishing of lives and accompanying experiences of struggle and uncertainty. Historically deep forms of dislocation and contemporary global projects of accumulation by dispossession structure how displacement is experienced by diverse populations—including many with the privilege of citizenship. This article argues for a more expansive utility of the framework of displacement (thus Continue reading → Continue reading →

Displacement and the Capitalist Order of Things

Abstract: One of the problems with the term “displacement” is that it is often mapped onto seemingly bounded groups—the “refugees,” the “homeless”—whose displacement is considered distinct. The effect of this bounding is twofold: displacement is treated as an exceptional experience, and the structural forces of displacement are obscured. In this article, I collapse the conventional bounding of displacement by bringing the experiences of disparate groups into the same analytical frame. These experiences prompt us to consider displacement from a political economy lens, showing that—far from Continue reading → Continue reading →