Immigrant Protest

Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent

Edited by Katarzyna Marciniak & Imogen Tyler

Subjects: Immigration, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Popular Culture, Art
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action, SUNY Press Open Access
Paperback : 9781438453101, 320 pages, July 2015
Hardcover : 9781438453118, 320 pages, November 2014

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Immigrant Protest: Noborder Scholarship
Katarzyna Marciniak and Imogen Tyler
I. The Aesthetic Performance of Immigrant Protest
1. Dare to Wear—a Mosque! Immigrant Protest as Cross-Cultural Pedagogy
Azra Akšamija
2. The Politcal Aesthetics of Immigrant Protest
Rozalinda Borcila; with Katarzyna Maricniak and Imogen Tyler
3. Becoming British: Exploring Citizenship through Arts Practice
Lena Šimić with Imogen Tyler
4. Border Disorder
Alexa Rivera with Katarzyna Marciniak
5. Loving the Alien: Indigenous Protest and Neo-Colonial Violence in James Cameron’s Avatar
Bruce Bennett
6. Pedagogy of Rage
Katarzyna Marciniak
II. In the Field: Acts of Immigrant Protest
7. On Israel/Palestine and the Politics of Visibility
Simon Faulkner
8. Everyday Acts of Resistance: The Precarious Lives of Asylum Seekers in Glasgow
Teresa Piacentini
9. Pushing the Boundaries of Asylum: Everyday Resistance in Swedish Clandestinity
Maja Sager
10. Subjects that Matter? Nonidentitarian Strategies of Pro-“Migrant” and “Migrant” Protest in Germany
Petra Rostock
11. Gender and the Politics of Anti-Racist and Immigrant Protest in Greece
Alexandra Zavos

12. Immigrant Protest and the Courts of Women
Marguerite Waller
13. Migrant Resistance and the Anti-Raids Campaign in London 2012
Anti-Raids Campaign Coalition
14. Afterword: The Human Waste Disposal Industry or Immigrant Protest in Neoliberal Times
Imogen Tyler and Katarzyna Marciniak
Notes on Contributors

Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.


The last decade has witnessed a global explosion of immigrant protests, political mobilizations by irregular migrants and pro-migrant activists. This volume considers the implications of these struggles for critical understandings of citizenship and borders. Scholars, visual and performance artists, and activists explore the ways in which political activism, art, and popular culture can work to challenge the multiple forms of discrimination and injustice faced by "illegal" and displaced peoples. They focus on a wide range of topics, including desire and neo-colonial violence in film, visibility and representation, pedagogical function of protest, and the role of the arts and artists in the explosion of political protests that challenge the precarious nature of migrant life in the Global North. They also examine shifting practices of boundary making and boundary taking, changing meanings and lived experiences of citizenship, arguing for a noborder politics enacted through a "noborder scholarship."

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Katarzyna Marciniak is Professor of Transnational Studies at Ohio University. Her books include Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile, and the Logic of Difference and Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. Imogen Tyler is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University in England and the author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain.


"…an absolutely crucial text. The first collection of its kind, Immigrant Protest brings together essays on an incredibly diverse set of immigrant protest strategies in an equally diverse set of contexts. " — H-Net Reviews (H-Citizenship)