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Destination Italy

Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative


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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MARCO BINOTTO is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Communication Processes in the Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology and Communications at the Università di Roma La Sapienza. His current areas of expertise are social communication and the ‘Third Sector’, the public sphere and the media representation of migration, media activism, and environmental communication. He is the author of Pestilenze (2000) and Comunicazione sociale 2.0 (2010), and co-editor of Violenza Mediata: il ruolo dell’informazione al G8 di Genova (2003), FuoriLuogo: l’immigrazione e i media italiani (2004), Malasanità in scena: anatomia di un ‘caso mediale’ (2011), Manuale dell’identità visiva per le organizzazioni non profit (2012) and – together with Marco Bruno and Valeria Lai – Gigantografie in nero: ricerca su sicurezza, immigrazione e asilo nei media italiani (2012).

GRAZIA BIORCI has worked as a researcher at the Institute for the History of Mediterranean Europe at the Italian National Research Council since 2002. Her research deals with Italian linguistics and lexicology. Her study interests concern two fields: the study of the technical and scientific language of old Italian and the study of fixed formations and figurative language in contemporary Italian lexicon. Since 2010 her work has turned to the study of contemporary Italian language teaching to foreigners and to the linguistic study of the Italian language in the literature of migration published in Italy. Recent publications: ‘L’uso della metafora nella “letteratura della migrazione”: il case study dei romanzi di Amara Lakhous’, RiMe 9 (2012) and ‘Stereotipi linguistici come specchio di stereotipi culturali: osservazioni sul...

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