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Introduction

Authored by: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415717397
eBook ISBN: 9781315678863
Adobe ISBN: 9781317392460

10.4324/9781315678863.ch16a

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Abstract

This part references enduring themes of twentieth century politics, all of which are prominent today. Mobility is the key term, pulling together a sliding scale of opportunity and misery: cosmopolitanism, migration, displacement and trauma. Mobility refers here and in the wider world to both human and cinematic phenomena. People and ideas, thought systems and cultures, economic and political systems are all subject to, and dependent on, mobility. Migrancy, here described as a subset of mobility, is a heavily politicised concept in action, encompassing the complex conditions of departure, arrival, settlement and identity formation. Migrancy entails mobility at some point, but the ongoing condition of migrancy does not necessarily entail constant movement between places of origin and arrival. Some are born migrants, some choose it as a cosmopolitan option, whilst many more have continuous migrancy-at-home thrust upon them by resistant ‘hosts’.

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