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Does the subaltern speak? Migrant voices in digital Europe

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2018) Does the subaltern speak? Migrant voices in digital Europe. Popular Communication, 16 (1). pp. 45-57. ISSN 1540-5702

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15405702.2017.1412440


This article examines a number of digital initiatives where refugees and migrants speak with/to Europe in the context of the “migration crisis.” The analysis of four institutional and grassroots initiatives illustrates digital Europe’s symbolic articulations of borders that divide people and territories. As argued, the mediated visibility and voice of refugees and migrants matter precisely as the order of appearance (in Arendt’s terms) in digital Europe represents a fundamental dimension of the continent’s communicative order: revealing who speaks and who is silenced, which actors are heard and which are sidelined in the context of Europe’s “migration crisis.” The incorporation of refugee and migrant voices in digital Europe shows that voice does not guarantee recognition; rather, its incorporation reveals the complex politics of digital representation: on occasions challenging hegemonic power structures but most often digitally reaffirming bordering power and its symbolical articulations

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Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 14:24
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 23:21

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