chapter  4
Movement and Identity
Narrations of ‘home’ in a world in motion
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To the anthropological ear, the notion that anthropology and narratology might meet under the rubric of an overriding discipline of “iterology”—a science of journeys-as Michel Butor once suggested (1972:7), sounds frivolous at best. In this chapter I wish to sketch (argumentationally rather than ethnographically) what might be seen as the logic, or a logic, for iterology; to take seriously the notion that the study of social life and the study of story-telling might be seen to be bound together by a commensurate interest in the relationship between movement and identity.