Author(s): Laurie N, Poudel M, Richardson D, Townsend JG
Abstract: This paper argues that open borders may circumscribe and shape women’s lives in powerfully embodied ways. Bringing to light the everyday ways in which returnee trafficked women deal with the stigma and marginalisation they experience upon return to Nepal illuminates this. We argue that more academic attention needs to be given to the situation of trafficked women when they return from trafficking situations and seek to (re)establish a sense of belonging and respect.
Notes: we focus on the processes and mechanisms of citizenship, examining the interplay of state and non-state actors (national and transnational) in constructing political subjectivity in Nepal. We argue that state codifying of collective identities in relation to citizenship occurs in ways that marginalise the lived experiences, and related political rights based claims, of returnee trafficked women and the organisations that represent them.