Interlude 2
Songs, jokes, movies and other diversions
in How media and conflicts make migrants
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This interlude is based on interviews in which we asked refugees in the UK what they did for fun and entertainment; it also draws on images and YouTube clips they shared with us. Songs, jokes and comedy programmes provide relief from the difficult situations they are facing, but also function as critical resources for developing critiques of the immigration system; in some cases, humour functions as a form of social solidarity, enabling participants to laugh at those in positions of power in situations where they have very little agency. The chapter challenges the one-dimensional representation of refugees in which they are asked to tell their migration story, which is often a story of suffering.

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