Afterword. Vertiginous life and the Inconstancy of Becoming in the Mediterranean


  • Daniel M. Knight Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews;

Parole chiave:

Crisis, Future, Solidarity, Temporality, Urgency.


The socio-historical nexus that is topologically interwoven throughout the Mediterranean region provides the background for a comparative framework for capturing the dizzying affects of precarious life in the 21st century. The conceptual triad of uncertainty, resilience, and futures is key to presenting life on the vertiginous “edge” as people tackle crises in Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Tunisia. Standing on the brink of time and of history-making, people face a decision of whether to cling by their fingernails to former lives, former Selves, or to take the plunge into the vortex of uncertain becoming. Here I argue that such world-changing moments should be contextualised through an acknowledgement of academic and historical lineages to better package so-called “unprecedented” events. More potently, I further propose that times of uncertainty influence how people orient to the future where a sense of urgency penetrates the normalised social fabric triggering a form of affective vertigo. In the whirlpool of unforeseen social change, people experience confusion as to where and when they belong on timelines of previously unquestioned pasts and futures, manifested as disorientation and dizziness where pathways to becoming have altered dramatically. 

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M. Knight, D. (2021). Afterword. Vertiginous life and the Inconstancy of Becoming in the Mediterranean. EtnoAntropologia, 9(1), 119–126. Recuperato da