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Darkness before DaybreakAfrican Migrants Living on the Margins in Southern Italy Today$
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Hans Lucht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270718

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270718.001.0001

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Suffering in a Globalized World

Suffering in a Globalized World

(p.66) Three Suffering in a Globalized World
Darkness before Daybreak

Hans Lucht

University of California Press

This chapter returns to the life-world of the Guan immigrants to explore some of the typical forms of nullification they encounter on a daily basis. It considers the possible reasons for substituting African village life with the difficulties of illegal migrant life in Europe. It then presents the concept of existential reciprocity, which is crucial to addressing the disconnectedness entailed in the simultaneous acceleration of inclusion and exclusion in the political economy of the so-called global world. The chapter concludes by returning to the many losses and the few gains that characterize migrant life in Naples, and the strategies migrants use to establish viable ways of life in sometimes hostile environments.

Keywords:   Guan immigrants, illegal migrants, African village life, existential reciprocity, political economy, Naples

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