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Author Lucht, Hans, 1971-

Title Darkness before daybreak : African migrants living on the margins in southern Italy today / Hans Lucht
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 284 pages) : map
Contents pt. 1. Losses and gains in Naples -- pt. 2. The journey to Europe -- pt. 3. In the village of the lost captains
Summary This riveting book chronicles the lives of a group of fishermen from Ghana who took the long and dangerous journey to Southern Italy in search of work in a cutthroat underground economy. A story that illuminates the nature of high-risk migration around the world, Darkness before Daybreak reveals the challenges and experiences of these international migrants who, like countless others, are often in the news but are rarely understood. Hans Lucht tells how these men live on the fringes of society in Naples, what the often deadly journey across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea involved, and what their lives in the fishing village of Senya Beraku - where there are no more fish - were like. Asking how these men find meaning in their experiences, Lucht addresses broader existential questions surrounding the lives of economic refugees and their death-defying struggle for a life worth living. He also considers the ramifications of the many deaths that occur in the desert and the sea for those who are left behind.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Fishers -- Ghana -- Economic conditions.
Ghanaians -- Italy -- Naples -- Social conditions.
Immigrants -- Italy -- Naples -- Social conditions.
Ghana -- Emigration and immigration.
Naples (Italy) -- Emigration and immigration.
Naples (Italy) -- Ethnic relations.
Senya Beraku (Ghana) -- Economic conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520270711
0520950461 (electronic bk.)
9780520950467 (electronic bk.)