Ex-Centric Migrations

Ex-Centric Migrations

Europe and the Maghreb in Mediterranean Cinema, Literature, and Music
Abderrezak, Hakim
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Format: Paperback 4 maps, 17 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02075-8
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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 émigrés. 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.

Author Bio

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


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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Mediterraneans and Migrations in the Global Era
1. Disimmigration as a Remedy for the Illness of Immigration in Ismaël Ferroukhi’s Le grand voyage
2. "Burning the Sea": Clandestine Migration Across the Mediterranean in Francophone Moroccan Illiterature
3. Southward Road Narratives: How French Citizens Become Clandestine Immigrants in Algeria
4. The New Eldorado in Mediterranean Music
5. Europe Bound: Shooting "Illegals" at Sea
6. Heading Home: Post-Mortem Road Narratives
Conclusion: "White Sea of the Middle" or "Wide Sea to Meddle In"?
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