Paradox and paraliminality of (Im)migration: An urgent cry for narrative repair

Sarah Amira De La Garza

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To repair the injury and stifled agency caused by master narratives of migration stories, I call for narratives that specifically counter storying that reflects the master narrative. This narrative repair acknowledges narrative fatigue, embraces paradoxical tensions of migration, and assumes the paraliminality of migration (a constant overarching state of transition, which in histories of migration, often exists without the aid of supportive community). Abandoning the idea that evocative laments and critiques are enough for empowerment, I call for the embrace of difficult and contradictory narratives told simply, as the foundation for strengthening identities and providing dynamic stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-91
Number of pages10
JournalDepartures in Critical Qualitative Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019


  • Liminality
  • Migration
  • Narrative repair
  • Personal narrative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication


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