Being marked as different: The emotional politics of experiences of depression and migrant belongings

Kokanovic, R and Bozic-Vrbancic, S 2015, 'Being marked as different: The emotional politics of experiences of depression and migrant belongings', Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 16, 356, pp. 130-137.


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Title Being marked as different: The emotional politics of experiences of depression and migrant belongings
Author(s) Kokanovic, R
Bozic-Vrbancic, S
Year 2015
Journal name Emotion, Space and Society
Volume number 16
Article Number 356
Start page 130
End page 137
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article asks the question: "What does it mean to think about 'home' and 'belonging' when migratory experience is enmeshed with the story of depression?". The article focuses on the personal story of a woman who migrated from the United States (US) to Australia, and whose sense of disconnection and displacement in relation to everyday life is embedded within a narrative of depression. Our discussion of her twin narratives of emotional distress and migration is located within theoretical debates about depression, migration and the constitution of subjectivity. In particular, we draw on psychoanalytical approaches to subjectivity to argue that her emotional distress and the medical diagnosis of depression together represent a form of 'experienc[ing] oneself as a subject' (Butler, 2005), and function as a precondition to her narrative of migration. Ultimately, we conclude, the woman's intertwined narratives of depression and migration operate simultaneously to provide retroactive order to her subjectivity.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Anxiety and subjectivity
Depression and migration
Illness life stories
Jacques Lacan
Judith Butler
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.emospa.2014.07.002
Copyright notice © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1755-4586
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