Geographies of Mediterranean

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The article aims to interpret Mediterranean dissonances by reading the boundaries through three theoretical-methodological ways: the metaphor of existence, the concept of community and that of the diaspora.In a Mediterranean Sea viewed as a mobile boundary, human movements produce dissemination, identities that are not unidirectional but rather transnational; the partiality of the subjectivity that follows is an interesting way to question us. The article therefore shows how the migrations seen from the “North” are closely linked to the implementation of security devices rather than welcoming politics. Moreover, the institution, through its changing laws, creates precarious lives in the first place, and then in the very difficult task of showing an overall picture, it often forgets that migration policies should more often deal with the point of view of the communities already present in the area. The story of the cancellation of the variable safety distance between the “colonial” center and the “colonized periphery” puts on the skin of migrants a gap to fill: on the one hand, a cartographic representation that has shrunk the world in such a way that it is feasible without friction, on the other hand, a fact that often, in the time of one trip, makes individuals: migrants, expatriates, refugees, exiles. Europe invented precarious lives: the concept of citizenship automatically creates a being inside and being outside of it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrekäres Leben. Des Politische und die Gemeinschaft in Zelten der Krise
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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