Ex-Centric Migrations

Ex-Centric Migrations : Europe and the Maghreb in Mediterranean Cinema, Literature, and Music

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Ex-Centric Migrations examines cinematic, literary, and musical representations of migrants and migratory trends in the western Mediterranean. Focusing primarily on clandestine sea-crossings, Hakim Abderrezak shows that despite labor and linguistic ties with the colonizer, migrants from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) no longer systematically target France as a destination, but instead aspire toward other European countries, notably Spain and Italy. In addition, the author investigates other migratory patterns that entail the repatriation of emigres. His analysis reveals that the films, novels, and songs of Mediterranean artists run contrary to mass media coverage and conservative political discourse, bringing a nuanced vision and expert analysis to the sensationalism and biased reportage of such events as the Mediterranean maritime tragedies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 535g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 4 maps, 17 b&w illus.
  • 0253020654
  • 9780253020659

Review quote

"Hakim Abderrezak convincingly illustrates how politically committed artistic practices serve to humanize the challenges of human migration, and in the process dramatically improves our understanding of the complex cultural, economic, political, and social realities that shape 21st-century existence." -Dominic Thomas, author of Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racismshow more

About Hakim Abderrezak

Hakim Abderrezak is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Minnesota.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Mediterraneans and Migrations in the Global Era1. Disimmigration as a Remedy for the Illness of Immigration in Ismael Ferroukhi's Le grand voyage2. "Burning the Sea": Clandestine Migration Across the Mediterranean in Francophone Moroccan Illiterature3. Southward Road Narratives: How French Citizens Become Clandestine Immigrants in Algeria4. The New Eldorado in Mediterranean Music5. Europe Bound: Shooting "Illegals" at Sea6. Heading Home: Post-Mortem Road NarrativesConclusion: "White Sea of the Middle" or "Wide Sea to Meddle In"?NotesBibliography Filmography Discography Works CitedIndexshow more