Social construction processes of migrant, often clandestine migrant, among the inhabitants of Lampedusa, have recorded, in the last years, a gradual moving from a prevaling sympathetic optics combined with human solidarity forms – even if not without defensive processes and forms of racism and xenophobia – to more and more clear dynamics of exclusion, often joint with intolerant, cynical and indifferent attitudes. The social representation of the stranger isn’t, however, either unvarying or coherent. Infact, the collected interviews give evidence for continuous oscillations between the wish to understand – that increases when there is an interaction with the strangers – and the need to defend, even with reactions of violence and exclusion, the poor privileges and the small eeconomic resouces (especially tourism). A lot of frames contribute to define the social representation of migrants: the normative frame, the economic frame, the cognitive frame, the spatial frame. This situation often produce deep contradictions between ethical instances and economic necessity. Lampedusa’s inhabitans witnesses offer an evocative representation of these conflicts and help to show the migrants condiction, characterized by silence, invisibility thath often hide exclusion and ignorance of the elementary human rights.
|Numero di pagine||17|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2006|