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Esther Ortiz

Periodista digital especializada en Cultura y Relaciones Internacionales, entendiendo la primera como la variedad de expresiones políticas y sociales que se generan en un contexto concreto. Gestora cultural de proyectos locales de desarrollo comunitario. Activista por el derecho a un empleo y a una vivienda digna en varios colectivos ciudadanos.

At one time walls were built to protect the city from looters, invaders and others threats. Globalization has meant more barriers for people but less control on financial flows.


Historically the city was walled in to be protected (such as the Roman civité, the African fenced villages or the Latin American cities in post-Columbian era) The Berlin wall fall, the USSR disintegration and then globalization heralded a “total free world” without walls. However, they have been endlessly built especially after September 11th.


Currently walls stop migratory movements from South to North, split communities involved in deep-rooted conflicts and separate world areas in steady tension and weapons race. The wall divides “security” from “insecurity”, “salvation” from “chaos”, “we” from “the others”. On the other hand it may be a place for proposals and claims.


Claiming is the key step, especially in migratory field as well as its cause and the violation of migrant people rights. Other important point is bringing up those-legal and illegal- business around border controls or conflicts areas.

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The wall divides “security” from “insecurity”, “salvation” from “chaos”, “we” from “the others”. It is the atavistic fear of the unknown.

Recurso 7
Before physically building the wall it is necessary to build it psychologically and mentally on some sort of prejudice, fear or bigotry in order to keep it.
Autor/a: Yanko Tsvetkov
Fuente: Atlas of Prejudice
Tipo: Publicación 
Idioma: English
Fecha: 28 March 2014
Recurso 8
It seems to be proven by recent studies that those people with an authoritarian worldview are prone to reject both migration and any political integration process due to the extreme defense of their social or national identity.