Ex-Centric Migrations

Europe and the Maghreb in Mediterranean Cinema, Literature, and Music

by Hakim Abderrezak

Published by: Indiana University Press

280 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 4 maps, 17 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253020758
  • Published: June 2016


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253020659
  • Published: June 2016


  • eBook
  • 9780253020789
  • Published: June 2016


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.