Towards an embodied securityscape: Brian Chikwava's Harare North and the asylum seeking body as site of articulation

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Abstract

This article introduces the concept of an embodied securityscape, arguing that asylum seekers embody a point of articulation between two differently located security nexuses: security-migration and security-development. Drawing on Brian Chikwava's novel Harare North, the article illustrates this articulation, not only in the thematic development of the embodied experiences of the narrator, but also in the way the novel articulates differently located conventions of form. Ultimately, the article argues that this embodied securityscape, as illustrated through this novel, produces an alternative narrative space for the messy politics of asylum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-312
Number of pages22
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date28 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • security
  • embodiment
  • asylum seekers
  • Harare North
  • Brian Chikwava
  • securityscape

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