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Chapter one moves through a historical, biographical, and anecdotal account Charania's mother, exploring through various family stories and migratory sites the everyday conditions of abjection and dispossession that shape brown maternal life. Weaving together stories of brown mothers, hers and others, this chapter underscores the broader theoretical, global-historical implications of these memories and their inescapable ambivalences. Memory, diaspora, and abject femininity are key themes on which Charania ruminates in this chapter.

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