Nando Sigona: “The camp as a social and political space” (video)

HOMInG seminar no. 5/17 with Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham), July 3, Dipartimento di Sociologia. “The camp as a social and political space” This paper engages with current debates on the sociology of camps and camp-like institutions in contemporary society. Drawing on ethnographic material collected in Italy in ‘nomad camps’ where forcibly displaced Roma from former Yugoslavia were sheltered in the 1990s and 2000s, it argues that Agamben’s conceptualisation of the camp as a space of exception, by constructing the camp as other to an idealised notion of citizenship and the rule of law, offers limited purchase for a sociological investigation of the complexity and ambiguity of social relations in and around camps as well as residents’ everyday practices and experiences of political membership.