In this article, Michael Hardt and Sandro Mezzadra interview Alessandro Metz, social worker and “social” owner of the ship Mare Jonio, which seeks to aid and protect migrants during increasingly perilous Mediterranean Sea crossings. Metz explores the relation between social work and political activism, with particular emphasis on the writings of Franco Basaglia.
From Social Worker to Social Ship Owner: Interview with Alessandro Metz
Michael Hardt teaches political theory in the Literature Program at Duke University. His most recent book, coauthored with Antonio Negri, is Assembly (2017). He serves as editor of the South Atlantic Quarterly and, together with Sandro Mezzadra, directs the “Social Movements Lab” at Duke.
Sandro Mezzadra teaches political theory at the University of Bologna and is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society of Western Sydney University. With Brett Neilson, he is the author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (2013) and The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (2019).
Alessandro Metz, Michael Hardt, Sandro Mezzadra, Arianna Bove; From Social Worker to Social Ship Owner: Interview with Alessandro Metz. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2020; 119 (1): 176–181. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8007865
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