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Galis & Makrygianni
Analog flows in digital worlds: ‘Migration multiples’ and digital heterotopias in Greek territory
(2022) Political Geography, 95, art. no. 102599

DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102599

Migrants’ engagement with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) reveals a wide spectrum of resistance practices that enact “heterotopias” (Foucault, 1967) that extend from the human body to transnational landscapes (Gillespie et al., 2016). This paper enhances the theoretical debate on migration with new ways of understanding borders and space as fluid, autonomous, and provisional linkages between humans and nonhumans. Based on findings from field research conducted in Greece, it aims to discuss how migrants’ digital practices generate new spaces and materialities. Attending to the making of migrants’-ICTs intertwining it examines the emergence of unbordering practices, the creation of crucial solidarity networks and the risks and limitations that emerge when using ICTs. Finally, the paper highlights the recent migratory influx not simply as a result of neoliberal doctrines, but (also) as an act of disobedience to fortress Europe through the creation of digital-urban heterotopias through the lenses of Migration Studies, Science and Technology Studies and Critical spatial theory. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd

Author Keywords
Heterotopia; ICTs; Migration; Multiple; Space

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