A Forced Road to a No‑Place: Escapism as a Form of Inner Emigration
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Migration provides an important balance for the group and individual development that can be challenged by the constraints of the created social structures, such as the nation state, for example. Because of the omnipresence of its ideology, the line between voluntarism and coercion is quite vague. In this article, I propose to look at the definition of forced migration inwardly, from the position of the individual and his development. Individuals and their development often turn to a no-place in the scholarship and official rhetoric. Inability for different reasons to emigrate in combination with “pushes” of reality creates an interesting phenomenon of inner emigration, or an emigration inwardly, and “in spirit”. It can assume different forms. While it holds true that migration is a physical act, in many cases and societies it became both a psychological and mental exercise that enabled people under duress to cope with these circumstances. To analyze and understand how this inward migration operated, I analyzed the images and meanings of the road and movement in the “bard” (poetic, semiofficial, tourist, or student) songs of the generation of the 1960s and looked at this poetry as at the form of inner emigration and escape that played eventually therapeutic and regulatory role similar to the role that, according to Carl G. Jung, dreams and myths play.
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