This paper looks at the depiction of labor migration in the work of several European journalists and documentary filmmakers: Italian journalist Fabrizio Gatti, Swiss filmmaker Ursula Biemann and Austrian Michael Glawogger. A common strategy is to go undercover and masquerade as a labor migrant in order to expose the abuses of global labor trafficking. How do the narrators justify their own position, to what extent do they dramatize it, what moral dilemmas do they expose?
Inside Fortress Europe, the African or eastern European worker’s body is often othered as abject, as an irritant that needs containment or expulsion. The role of the internet as a tool for self- marketing and critical commentary on labor migration will be explored.
|Keywords:||Labor Migration, Africa, Gender|
Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Department of German-Russian, Program in Comparative Literature, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA
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