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(In)visibility of the Displaced Populations: the Blind-Spot Effect
(In)visibility of the Displaced Populations: the Blind-Spot Effect

Author(s): Svitlana Balinchenko
Subject(s): Social Theory, Migration Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla
Keywords: internal displacement; visibility; anopticism; panopticism; Ukraine;

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, conflict-triggered internal displacement is reviewed through the visibility of migration affected groups, as well as their access to decision-making. The blind-spot effect in the migration studies extends the cognitive and social implications of the systems theory, and engulfs both hypovisibility through anopticism and pseudo-assimilation, and hypervisibility through panopticism and excessive control of the displaced citizens. In the context of the impact of IDP status on visibility assessment, I suggest supplementing the migration-studies’ concepts of “phlogiston” and “witch” with that of “ethanethiol”, thus starting a discussion on the role of the otherness marker in the migrantising of citizens. The case of protracted internal displacement in Ukraine due to the Russia-backed armed conflict serves as an illustration of the displaced populations’ visibility challenges and solutions.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 47 (02)
  • Page Range: 7-20
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English