What is Left of Migrants’ Spaces? Transversal Alliances and the Temporality of Solidarity

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. What is Left of Migrants’ Spaces? Transversal Alliances and the Temporality of Solidarity. Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), 1(1), pp. 137-161. ISSN 2590-3284 [Article]

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This article deals with the political legacy of migrants’ spaces across Europe that are the outcome of border enforcement policies but that are also shaped by migrants’ struggles and movements. It interrogates what is left, after their vanishing forced eviction, at the level of spatial-political traces, as well as in the collective memory of the citizens of those places. The main argument of the piece is that in order to come to grips with these spaces beyond their ephemeral dimension, we need to consider the temporality of migrant struggles and of solidarity practices – between migrants and citizens. The article focuses, first, on the French-Italian Alpine border, and analyses how the sedimented memory of the struggles in that valley has been reactivated in the present to support the migrants in transit. Then, the article moves on by developing the notion of transversal alliances through an insight into the Gilets Noirs movement in France, a collective of undocumented migrants which mobilised towards getting to permit to stay and accommodation, while at the same time framing their struggle as a broader battle against precarity and exploitation. The piece concludes suggesting that by bringing in the genealogy of struggles and solidarity practices, migrants’ spaces appear as part of a precarious mobile common in the making.

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1 June 2020Accepted
20 July 2020Published Online

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30 Sep 2020 08:53

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