Bangladeshi Multi-Scalar Im/mobilities: Between Social Aspirations and Legal Obstacles

by Andrea Priori (University Roma Tre)

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This contribution analyzes data collected during fieldwork from 2007 to 2016 in Rome (Italy), and partly in Dhaka and Narayanganj (Bangladesh), to ethnographically engage with Bangladeshi mobilities. Starting from the analysis of life-trajectories of certain urban middleclass migrants, the paper investigates the relationship between im/mobilities and power on different scales, taking into account both peoples’ subjection to regimes of mobility and other structural conditions, and their agency in pursuing projects that intertwine social and geographical mobility. Bangladeshis’ multi-scalar lives show that mobility and immobility are strictly interconnected, highlighting the persistent importance of relationship with places, and calling attention to possible affinities between widespread mobility and the neoliberal agenda.

Keywords: Bengal diaspora, Bangladesh, mobility, emplacement, anthropology of migration, transnationalism, ethnography, neoliberalism, mobility capital, urban anthropology

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:
Priori, A. (2017). Bangladeshi Multi-Scalar Im/mobilities:
Between Social Aspirations and Legal Obstacles. New Diversities, 19(3), 29-42. Retrieved [todaysdate] from

New Diversities • Volume 19, No. 3, 2017
Mobilities – Migratory Experiences Ethnographically Connected
Guest Editors: Tilmann Heil (University of Leuven), Andrea Priori (University Roma Tre),
Bruno Riccio (University of Bologna) and Inga Schwarz (Freiburg University)
ISSN-Print 2199-8108
ISSN-Internet 2199-8116