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The Weakness of Strong Ties

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The “Weakness of Strong Ties”: Social Avoidance, “Regressive Remitting”, and “Non Events” in the Re-theorizing of Sociality in Migrant Networks


Stephen Lubkemann is a sociocultural anthropologist currently serving as Associate Professor of Anthropology, International Affairs, and Africana Studies at The George Washington University. He is also the Acting Director of the GWU Diaspora Research and Policy Program and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. His research includes investigations of refugee displacement; of social, political, and economic transformation in war-torn societies; of post-conflict justice and rule of law; of diasporas and their relationship to political and economic development; and of maritime archaeological heritage and development. In 2009, he co-authored Looking for Justice: Liberian Experiences with and the Perceptions of Local Justice Options.

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.