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Darkness before daybreak - African migrants living on the margins in Southern Italy today
Hans Lucht
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University of California Press
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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.

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Hans Lucht is a Danish journalist, writer, and anthropologist at the University of Copenhagen.

"A compelling text, containing both pwerful narrative and thoughtful theoretical analyses."

Anthropological Quarterly - Alice Elliot

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Ghanaians - Italy - Naples - Social conditions.|Immigrants - Italy - Naples - Social conditions.|Naples (Italy) - Ethnic relations.
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