Journey Without End: Migration from the Global South Through the Americas



Journey without End chronicles the years-long journey of “extracontinentales”–African and South Asian migrants moving through Latin America toward the United States. Based on five years of collaborative research between a journalist and an anthropologist, this book makes an engrossing, sometimes surreal, narrative-driven critique of how state-level immigration policy fails extracontinental migrants.

The book begins with Kidane, an Eritrean migrant who has left his pregnant wife behind to make the four-year trip to North America; it then picks up the natural disaster-riddled voyage of Roshan and Kamala Dhakal from Nepal to Ecuador; and it continues to the trials of Cameroonian exile Jane Mtebe, who becomes trapped in a bizarre beachside resort town on the edge of the Darién Gap–the gateway from South to Central America.

Journey without End follows these migrants as their fitful voyages put them in a semi-permanent state of legal and existential liminality. Mercurial policy creates profit opportunities that transform migration bottlenecks–Quito’s tourist district, a Colombian beachside resort, Panama’s Darién Gap, and a Mexican border town–into spontaneous migration-oriented spaces rife with racial, gender, and class exploitation. Throughout this struggle, migrant solidarity allows for occasional glimpses of subaltern cosmopolitanism and the possibility of mobile futures.

ISBN: 9780826504869
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Pub Date: 11/2022
Format: Hardcover
Weight: 1.21lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.75d

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Weight 1.21 lbs
Dimensions 9.00 × 6.00 × 0.75 in