Refusing the demand for sad stories
in How media and conflicts make migrants
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This chapter questions mainstream approaches to migrants as tellers of sad stories about their individual migration journeys. With this aim, it introduces performative methods used to de-construct the processes of migrantification through the creation of scenes. In these scenes, the experiences of discrimination and exclusion explored in the previous chapter are acted out and made the subject of collective analysis. The chapter is based on theatrical workshops and performances carried out with participants (who we see as acting as co-researchers in this project) and in collaboration with two community theatre companies: Implicated Theatre (London, UK) and Cantieri Meticci (Italy).

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