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Belonging in TranslationSolidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan$
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Reiko Shindo

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201871

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201871.001.0001

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Solidarity Activism? Rethinking Citizenship Through Inaudibility

Solidarity Activism? Rethinking Citizenship Through Inaudibility

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Belonging in Translation

Reiko Shindo

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the acts of citizenship in more detail, showing that not only the visible but also the audible presence of noncitizens is constitutive of struggles for citizenship. Attention to audibility is particularly necessary to analyse multilingual migrant activism where migrant protesters become physically visible but remain inaudible on account of their language. To develop an understanding of citizenship that is attentive to the link between audibility and inaudibility, the chapter considers the works of Jacques Rancière and Gloria Anzaldúa. They both regard inaudibility as an inseparable aspect of the making of political subjects. From the vantage point of the gap between visibility and audibility, the supposed relationship of solidarity between migrants and their local supporters reveals its complexity. The chapter also studies how the limitations of linguistic proficiency, embodied as noncitizens' inaudibility, facilitate or limit the possibilities of solidarity in migrant activism.

Keywords:   citizenship, audibility, multilingual migrant activism, migrant protesters, language, inaudibility, visibility, solidarity, linguistic proficiency, migrant activism

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