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Title: Road to manhood : masculinity and vulnerability across the central Mediterranean migration route to Europe
Author: Palillo, Marco
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 3291
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The aim of this thesis is to explore the relation between gender and vulnerability in the context of men's mobility along the Central Mediterranean route to Europe. In order to do this, I will explore how male Sub-Saharan asylum seekers, refugees, and other international protection holders position themselves as 'men' within their stories - from their life at home to their relocation to Europe. The study is based on 36 qualitative 'life history' interviews conducted in Sicily. Each empirical chapter focuses on a specific stage of the migration experience: life at home pre-migration; the journey through Libya; and relocation in Sicily. This approach helps uncover the role of masculinity in shaping men's gendered vulnerabilities on a continuum across the different phases of their journey to Europe. By looking at the reasons that prompted participants to flee, the migration experience emerges as a gendered enterprise, a complex project in which a passage into socially recognised manhood is negotiated. In this context, the materiality of the journey across the Central Mediterranean Route, characterised by hardship, violence and danger, offers a landscape of symbols associated with the traditional masculinity tropes of mastery, courage, competency and physical and moral strength. By describing the crossing through Libya as a masculine accomplishment, participants' narratives illuminate the gendered vulnerabilities associated with patterns of gender relation in the maledominated smuggling industry and in the context of illegal migration. Once in Sicily, being dependent on humanitarian assistance, unable to work and to make decisions over their lives, refugee and asylum seeking men experience an interruption in their trajectory towards manhood. Here, gendered vulnerabilities are mainly associated with their location within Sicilian refugee centres. Forced into a protracted liminal condition by asylum policies and practices, navigating the racialization processes activated by the 'refugee crisis' discourse in the local communities, masculinity emerges as a key site of resistance wherein negotiating political agency at the intersection of multiple systems of inequalities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: H Social Sciences (General) ; JN Political institutions (Europe) ; JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration