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The Mobilities Paradox

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

The theory of mobilities has gained great recognition and traction over recent decades, illustrating not only the influence of mobilities in daily life but also the rise and expansion of globalization worldwide. But what if this sense of mobilities is in fact an ideological bubble that provides the illusion of freedom whilst limiting our mobility or even keeping us immobile? This book reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the mobilities paradigm and in doing so constructs a bridge between Marxism and Cultural theory.
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Chapter 4: The life in The Island: metaphors of immobilities

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

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Undoubtedly, there is no better example of how modern mobilities work than the plot of the film The Island which stars Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. The sense of risk opens the doors for an imposed fear, which draws the borders between safety and the external world. In the Island all needs are met, but a dark mystery remains. Some residents get to leave the compound to go to the Island, a utopian paradise. Those who get to go are selected through a lottery. In fact, they are sent for organ harvesting, surrogate motherhood, or other biological uses. As a projected paradise, the figure of “island” plays a crucial role not only in controlling the clones and undermining the possibilities of potential revolts, but it also delineates the borders between first class citizens and an underclass formed by subhumans. This project is managed by Dr Bernard Merrick who combines the most efficient techniques of psychiatry to keep conflicts under control and the residents in ignorance. Clones who gain the draw are not only special but emulate the dichotomy between hospitality versus hostility. Although clones do not have problems fulfilling their basic needs, there is a strong and rigid circle of control of the way people interact with each other. Being selected to travel to the Island is equaled to the state of exception people experience when surviving a traumatic experience.

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