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Beyond the border: segni di passaggi attraverso i confini d’Europa

Faloppa, F. (2021) Beyond the border: segni di passaggi attraverso i confini d’Europa. Scritture migranti, 14. pp. 81-121. ISSN ISSN 2035-7141

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To link to this item DOI: 10.6092/issn.2035-7141/13871

Abstract/Summary

Looking at borders and border zones in relation to migration phenomena is a topical issue, from different disciplinary perspectives. In the last thirty years borders, not only in Europe, have increased and have been consolidated. Following the so-called “migration crises”, border control mechanisms, as well as their “spectacularisation”(De Genova 2017), have also been strengthened. This has had the effect of accentuating not only the “illegalization” process of people who –with no valid papers to show –have tried and are trying to cross borders but also the anxiogenic narrative around borders, for the use of metaphors evoking “invasions”, “assaults”, “clashes”. This hyper-visualization of conflict and threat at borders has also marginalized other possible conceptualizations and narratives of borders, such as the invisibility of “unspeakable” borders (for example, externalised borders) and on the other hand, the multiple human and social dynamics materializing at borders, and in border areas, starting from the (multi)linguistic ones. As a result of fieldwork that started in 2017 (and which is still in progress), this research is investigating –also through photography –the linguistic signs experienced and produced by the various social actors that interact and face each other at borders and in border zones across Europe. A methodological attempt was thus made to carry a sociolinguistic analysis of the borderscape: an analysis that shows its whole potential when confronted with the multi-layered complexity of the different codes at stake and their uses.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > Italian
ID Code:102275
Publisher:Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e italianistica

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