Arbeitsmigration nach Saudi-Arabien und ihre Wahrnehmung in Pakistan
Akteur*innen und Strategien der öffentlichen SichtbarmachungMedia and Cultural Studies
Labour migration to Saudi Arabia is considered a system-legitimising and commonplace phenomenon in Pakistan for economic, political, and cultural reasons: the Kingdom acts as an influential external actor in Pakistan at the (security) political, economic, and cultural levels. It is also the most important recipient country of Pakistani migrants. For these reasons, critical issues related to migration are rarely addressed in the Pakistani public sphere and are instead taboo. In recent years, however, new Pakistani public actors from civil society, media, and international organisations have begun to challenge this taboo. They want to make the precarious working and living conditions of migrants, structural violence, and the systemic exploitation within the migration process visible in the media. In this way, the new public actors contribute to a change in the media in Pakistan that challenges existing narratives and taboos on migration. Based on extensive empirical data, the book analyses the media practices and strategies used by these actors to expand limited public spaces on migration in Pakistan.
Sebastian Sons studied Islamic Studies, Modern History and Political Science in Berlin and Damascus and previously trained as a print, TV and radio editor at the Berlin School of Journalism. He completed his PhD at the Department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2019. Since October 2019, he has been a consultant in the regional programme "Cooperation with Arab Donors" of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and currently lives in Jordan.