Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants: Representations in Film

Amrith, Megha, (2016). Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants: Representations in Film. Third Text, 29(6), 459-472

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    Author Amrith, Megha
    Title Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants: Representations in Film
    Appearing in Third Text
    Volume 29
    Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2016-10-25
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Taylor & Francis
    Start page 459
    End page 472
    Language eng
    Abstract This article examines urban migration and experiences of marginality and vulnerability in the context of neoliberal globalisation and increasingly precarious conditions of life and work. It will focus in particular on three films, which have powerfully addressed these themes: Last Train Home (Lixin Fan, 2009), Paper Dolls (Tomer Heymann, 2006) and I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2006). All three films are set in contexts of urban transition and transience. I take these films as social texts that reflect upon questions of marginality, the ways through which care and intimacy are expressed and how urban migrants might seek to overcome difficult conditions through agency and the force of their aspirations. This article seeks to consider the affective lives of migrants and the humanity that underlies experiences of urban hardship. Taken together, these films provide a comparative understanding of these themes of contemporary importance across different cities in the world.
    Keyword Migration
    Copyright Holder Taylor & Francis
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 09528822.2016.1236459
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