African border crossings in a ‘city of others’ : Constellations of irregular im/mobility and in/equality in the everyday urban environment of Athens

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title African border crossings in a ‘city of others’ : Constellations of irregular im/mobility and in/equality in the everyday urban environment of Athens
Author Tsoni, Ioanna
Date 2013
English abstract
This paper ethnographically explores the border-crossing experience of sub-Saharan African migrants in Athens. The everyday social visibility and spatial mobility of migrants in the city is viewed through a critical phenomenological perspective centering on irregularity and border-crossing as a lived experience which, in times of financial crisis, is shared by other vulnerable urban dwellers beyond the migrant/non-migrant dichotomy. The salience of such practices for current discourses and policies concerning migration, urban public space, citizenship and identity in a series of socio-political scales is explored. As migrants’ im/mobility and in/visibility intersect with emerging, crisis-induced patterns of social in/ equality in Greece, they become strategic actors who construct new understandings of self and other, indicate emergent political and social configurations, and daily reassert their ‘right to the city’ in the ‘city of Others’.
Publisher University of Malta
Host/Issue Journal of Mediterranean Studies;1
Volume 22
ISSN 1016-3476
Pages 141–169
Language eng (iso)
Subject Athens
Greece
migration
refugees
illegality
irregularity
African migration
borders
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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