Exploring subject positions and multiple temporalities through an Iranian migrant mother's family photograph albums

Pitt, Penelope 2015, Exploring subject positions and multiple temporalities through an Iranian migrant mother's family photograph albums, Gender, place & culture: a journal of feminist geography, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 205-221, doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.855629.

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Title Exploring subject positions and multiple temporalities through an Iranian migrant mother's family photograph albums
Author(s) Pitt, PenelopeORCID iD for Pitt, Penelope orcid.org/0000-0002-4869-836X
Journal name Gender, place & culture: a journal of feminist geography
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 205
End page 221
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0966-369X
1360-0524
Keyword(s) Iran
migrant mothers
multiple temporalities
mixed time
photograph albums
identity
subject position
Summary  In this article, I draw on a research study of one Iranian migrant mother's generation of selves through her material configuration of her personal photograph albums and through our verbal reading of her photographs. The research engages in a visual-material feminist ethnographic approach, and is informed by the work of Gillian Rose and the understanding that family photographs are a means by which women negotiate subject positions. In this article, I discuss an unexpected finding of my research, the significance of multiple temporalities in a migrant mother's production of selves. The photo album practices of the participant mother of this study, ‘Parvin’, depart from the common social convention of mothers arranging their photograph albums to chart family growth following the model of milestones occurring over linear developmental time. Parvin does not limit herself to linear developmental time, but rather she mixes up photographs in her post-migration family albums to generate multiple temporalities woven together by an enveloping ‘mixed’ time. Drawing on both Julia Kristeva and Homi Bhaba's theories of temporality and the subject, I suggest that Parvin produces subject positions for self and family through a continual interweaving of a multitude of pasts into the present and through a subsuming of milestones within cyclical family time. Further, I suggest that through her generation of multiple temporalities, Parvin produces the subject position of ‘accommodating mother’. Finally, I highlight the potential afforded by considering the temporal and the spatial together in studies of migrant identity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0966369X.2013.855629
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
220306 Feminist Theory
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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