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Reclaiming voice
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Chapter 2 highlights the ways in which people on the move were silenced in debates surrounding the ‘crisis’ of 2015–16, defining this as a form of epistemic violence that constitutes the knowing subject on the basis of a delegitimisation of other subjects and forms of knowledge. In order to challenge this process of silencing, the chapter emphasises the importance of engaging a counter-archive that provides openings for ‘unstated histories’ of people crossing the Mediterranean during 2015 and 2016. Setting out the politico-methodological approach on which the research is based, it emphasises the criticality of engaging people on the move as co-producers of knowledge with ‘expertise’ in their own right. Yet the chapter also points to the ongoing challenges of such research, highlighting the importance of moments where voice is ‘taken’ in disruptive terms, and emphasising that silence itself must not be betrayed through the research process.

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Reclaiming migration

Voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’

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