The Relational Politics of Mobility in Post-Earthquake Nepal: An Analysis of Journalistic Media
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This thesis examines the importance of various (im)mobilities that were induced by the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. It analyzes over 120 news articles published in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, arranging these into a mobility-centric narrative that highlights the politics of movement in the disaster’s wake. Drawing on the theoretical and methodological “mobilities turn,” I introduce the concept of linked (im)mobilities to demonstrate the complex dialectics structuring (im)mobilities after the disaster. More specifically, Nepal’s post-earthquake (im)mobilities intersected with one another and with a variety of geographic and political factors to produce a mutually constitutive web of contingent movements. Attending to these not only underscores the centrality of (im)mobilities themselves. By raising questions of scale, inequality, bordering, and “islanding,” the approach advanced here widens our analytical frame. It offers a conceptual architecture capable of encompassing more factors (beyond mobility), thereby facilitating a broader understanding of the disaster event and its various outcomes.
Subjectlinked (im)mobilities mobilities post-disaster Nepal earthquake infrastructure new mobilities paradigm politics of mobility
Date available in INDIGO2018-07-25T23:44:23Z
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