Thinking Lampedusa: border construction, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants

Dines, Nick and Montagna, Nicola and Ruggiero, Vincenzo (2015) Thinking Lampedusa: border construction, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (3). pp. 430-445. ISSN 14664356

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Abstract

This article interrogates the relationship between the Italian island of Lampedusa and trans-Mediterranean migration. It explores how the construction of Lampedusa as a border zone has been implicated in the rise and fall in numbers of migrants reaching the island's shores over the last two decades. It proceeds to consider the appropriateness of interpreting death and detention on Lampedusa in terms of ‘bare life’. While acknowledging how Giorgio Agamben's formulation of bare life has been problematized in relation to irregular migration and taking into account the frequent acts of migrants' political agency on the island itself, it is argued that the transformation of Lampedusa by the media and political establishment into a spectacle of bare life is not only instrumental to the functioning of migration management at Europe's southern border but is also constitutive of the subordinate position of migrants in Italian society and its labour market.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article published as part of the special issue 'Ethnic and Racial Studies Review' within the 'Debates and Developments' section.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Mediterranean migration, borders, Giorgio Agamben, bare life, political agency, migrant labour
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 14596
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Depositing User: Nick Dines
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:32
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14596

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