Schizochronicity. Dispossession and fragmentation of asylum seekers’ temporalities

Author: Enrico Fravega


“During the last two decades, within the cross-disciplinary fields of migration studies and refugees studies a growing corpus of research have focused on time and temporalities. This has happened parallelly to a growing attention to migrants and asylum-seekers life. Within this literature, at least two main issues can be highlighted: a) migration policies, and reception measures, are more and more focused on temporal containment; b) time is not the same for everyone. Focusing on temporal inequalities can, then, shed light on new conceptions of inequality, innovative policies, and new claims for rights. Against this background, drawing on an ethnographic fieldwork, in this paper I try to highlight the consequences on asylum-seekers lives, of the temporal control regime which is applied within reception centres.”

DOI: 10.13131/unipi/7jte-vs68

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ENRICO FRAVEGA has a Ph. D in Social Sciences, and he is post-doc research fellow, and adjunct professor in Sociology of Culture and Communication at the University of Genoa. E-mail: –

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