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Destination Italy

Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative

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Edited By Emma Bond, Guido Bonsaver and Federico Faloppa

Italy is one of the most recent immigratory destinations in Europe, having long been one of the continent’s most important sources of emigration. Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean, the Italian peninsula is a crossroads of complex transnational movements and represents a unique and dynamic context for the study of contemporary migration and its representation through the diverse channels of media, literature and film.
The product of a two-year interdisciplinary research project into representations of migration to Italy, this volume brings together scholarly contributions from the fields of migration studies, linguistics, media, literature and film studies as well as essays by practitioners and activists. It provides both a multi-faceted snapshot of how diverse representations of immigration capture experiences and affect decision-making dynamics and an in-depth study of how media, literature and cinema contribute to the public perception of migrants within the destination culture.
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Invaders, Aliens and Criminals: Metaphors and Spaces in the Media Definition of Migration and Security Policies

← 30 | 31 →MARCO BINOTTO

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This does not, however, mean that society, the law and the State are like armistices that put an end to wars, or that they are the products of definitive victories. Law is not pacification, for beneath the law, war continues to rage in all the mechanisms of power, even in the most regular. War is the motor behind institutions and order. In the smallest of its cogs, peace is waging a secret war. To put it another way, we have to interpret the war that is going on beneath peace; peace itself is a coded war. We are therefore at war with one another; a battlefront runs through the whole of society, continuously and permanently, and it is this battlefront that puts us all on one side or the other. There is no such thing as a neutral subject. We are all inevitably someone’s adversary.

—MICHEL FOUCAULT1

Traditionally speaking, danger comes from the outside. But the border between inside and outside, even between dangerous and pleasurable, deals with metaphors. It depends on the cultural model that builds up our view of the world, the image of its borders and of its risks. For instance, the metaphor of (national) community has other communities as its outside and its own disintegration as danger; the metaphor of the (social) body has other bodies as its outside and illness or degeneration as its danger; ← 31 | 32 →the metaphor of the house, of home, has the street, the site of passage...

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