Performing the Border as a Zone of Contestations: A Critical Analysis of Root Map

Elaigwu Ameh


The plethora of meanings associated with the term “border” not only accentuates the frequent use of the word, but also implicates the border as a zone of contestations. These contestations underscore how borders covertly or overtly continue to affect the lives of millions of people across the globe. By “zone of contestations,” I situate the border as both a tangible and an intangible site that is replete with competing narratives about migration and migrants themselves. As a zone of contestations, the border eschews the idea of a monolithic story of migration; instead, it presents us with layers of stories by relocating border discourses to the realm of both the personal and the interpersonal lives of those interfacing with the border.

Keywords: migration, performance, theatre, border, migrants, deontology, consequentialism

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-24-10

Publication date: December 31st 2019

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