Arab Uprisings and practices of migration across the Mediterranean

Tazzioli, Martina. 2013. Arab Uprisings and practices of migration across the Mediterranean. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This research work, conducted across the two shores of the Mediterranean, explores the spatial upheavals produced in the Mediterranean region by migrants’ movements taking place in the aftermath of the revolutionary uprisings and the Arab Spring, teasing out their interconnections. Assuming a spatial gaze, defined here as a counter-mapping approach, this work investigates the ways in which migrants coming from Tunisia and from Libya in 2011 and in 2012 troubled the existing order of mobility, forcing the migration regime to reassess its strategies of capture. I mobilize some Foucaultian conceptual tools – as “governmentality” and “regime of truth” – in order to critically account for the instabilities that percolate the migration regime. The work takes into account the spatial transformations generated by the Arab Uprisings and by the migration turmoil both in Tunisia and on the northern shore of the Mediterranean: migrant struggles, economic projects of development and the migration crisis of the politics of the humanitarian are the three main axes along which the analysis develops. Also the Mediterranean Sea, as a contested space of mobility, is at the core of this work: I bring attention to the politics of (in)visibility that characterizes the politics of control in the Mediterranean and migrants’ strategies, highlighting the transformations occurred in the last two years. This work is a contribution to critical analyses of migration governmentality that stress the spatial upheavals that practices of migrations produce into the politics of mobility and within the order of citizenship.

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17 Dec 2013 12:47

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08 Sep 2022 11:21


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