Journal article

Wog Zombie: The De- and Re-Humanisation of Migrants, from Mad Dogs to Cyborgs

Nikos Papastergiadis

Cultural Studies Review | University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) | Published : 2009

Abstract

This essay examines several contemporary articulations of the figure of the migrant, exploring both the stigmatic representations of this figure in the public imaginary, and migrants’ own personal self-identifications. I argue that as today’s increasingly complex flows of capital, people and information continue to erode both the sovereign authority of nation-states and the hitherto dominant codes of belonging, the figure of the migrant has undergone a series of reconfigurations. In its contemporary manifestations, the migrant figure has been imagined variously as a mechanical, animalistic, spectral, zombified, vampiric or cyborg entity. I contend that this series of images reveals a complex..

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