Protecting the self Against Shame and Humiliation: Unwanted Migrants’ Emotional Careers

  • Åsa Wettergren


A growing interest in the emotions of migration has accompanied the expansion of the academic field of emotion studies and the sociology of emotions. Focus has been on place-oriented emotional attachments (to homelands and ‘host lands’) of migrants, and on interactions between migrants and locals; on the emotion work of labour migrants with legal, semi-legal or illegal status. Scholars have discussed for instance migration and aspects of humiliation in the integration process or experiences of humiliation through the media representation of a shamed nation; the national politics of compassion and repression; the assumed connection between economic migration and happiness; the sense of discomfort and the erosion of trust in migrants experiencing racism; emotional flows and nodes in the social construction of diaspora; or the meaning of resilience to migrants in transition.



The author thanks Erik Andersson and Jochen Kleres for comments on earlier drafts of this chapter.


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  1. 1.GöteborgSchweden

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