Working from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on the social sciences, legal studies, and the humanities, this book investigates the causes and effects of the extremities experienced by migrants.
Firstly, the volume analyses the development and political-cultural conditions of current practices and discourses of “bordering,” “illegality,” and “irregularization.” Secondly, it focuses on the varieties of irregularization and on the diversity of the fields, techniques and effects involved in this variegation. Thirdly, the book examines examples of resistance that migrants and migratory cultures have developed in order to deal with the predicaments they face. The book uses the European Union as its case study, exploring practices and discourses of bordering, border control, and migration regulation. But the significance of this field extends well beyond the European context as the monitoring of Europe’s borders increasingly takes place on a global scale and reflects an internationally increasing trend.
Acknowledgments / Introduction, Yolande Jansen, Robin Celikates, Joost de Bloois / Part I. Conditions for Extremities / 1. Extremities and Regularities: Regulatory Regimes and the Spectacle of Immigration Enforcement, Nicholas De Genova / 2. Deportability and Racial Europeanization: The Impact of Holocaust Memory and Postcoloniality on the Unfreedom of Movement in and to Europe, Yolande Jansen / 3.Illegal Migration in Post-Fordism, Serhat Karakayali / Part II. Varieties of Irregularization / 4. Death in the Meditteranean Sea: The Results of the Three Fields of Action of EU Border Controls, Didier Bigo / 5. The Perpetual Mobile Machine of Forced Mobility: Europe’s Roma and the Institutionalization of Rootlessness, Huub van Baar / 6. EU Border Control: Violence, Capture and Apparatus, Julien Jeandesboz / 7. Mediating the Med.: Surveillance and Counter Surveillance at the Southern Borders of Europe, Huub Dijstelbloem / Part III. Practices of Resistance / 8. The Proliferation of Borders and the Right to Escape, Sandro Mezzadra / 9. The Rights of the Irregularized: Constitutional Struggles at the Southern Border of the EU, Sonja Buckel / 10. Undocumented Migrant Activism and the Political Economy of Visibility: We Are Here!, Juan M. Amaya-Castro / 11. Refocalizing Irregular Migration: New Perspectives on the Global Mobility Regime in Contemporary Visual Culture, Esther Peeren / Conclusion, Joost de Bloois, Robin Celikates, Yolande Jansen / Bibliography / Index / Notes on Contributors
This book engages with one of the most pressing problems facing Europe today. With drownings and deaths reported at the European borders nearly daily, there is a genuine need for better empirical understanding and novel social imaginations to inform political agendas. Understanding Europe as a space of experimentation, this collection succeeds in offering an original perspective on global border practices and their multifaceted contestations. Compulsory reading for researchers, activists, and policy-makers.
This is not another book about borders, migration, and injustice. This fine collection of essays is distinctive because it grasps the present as a situation—a state of affairs we have arrived at, a place we find ourselves in the midst of, yet struggle to see beyond. How has the violence and unfreedom of irregular migration become regular? What kind of a people, what form of government could tolerate such a situation? Anyone interested in these questions should read this book.
In the rich and complex scholarship addressing the new regime of borders that construct modes of individualization and stratification in the world of global neo-liberalism, this collection does not just update our information and debates. It comes to occupy a strategic place, at the junctures of the institutional and the cultural, the theoretical and the militant. By emphasizing the extreme violence involved in the politics of irregularization of migrants and refugees, which form the invisible side of the rule of law in Europe, but also the subjective resistances answering it, the chapters in this volume powerfully contribute to the devising of a democratic alternative.
[A] remarkable contribution to the interdisciplinary field of critical border studies. This book will be of interest to theoreticians and practitioners working in the field of migration, as it provides insight into the political, normative, economic, and cultural dimensions of the establishment and crossing of borders in Europe today.
This volume offers important insights for anyone concerned with the challenges to assimilation in European society for immigrant groups. [It] challenges the conception of borders as singular lines separating geographic areas, instead defining them as bureaucratic, cultural, and legal barriers that do little to restrict movement but are nonetheless remarkably successful at entrenching class distinctions. It also raises the question of why the freedom of movement – unlike political, religious, and economic freedoms – is rarely championed by the affluent world as an inherent human right.
Joost de Bloois is assistant professor in the departments of Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam. He has published extensively on the nexus between contemporary culture and politics. He has co-authored two introductions in Cultural Studies (2009, 2010) as well as a volume on the thought of Alain Badiou (with Ernst van den Hemel, 2012). His book on contemporary communisms is forthcoming (2014).
Robin Celikates is associate professor of political and social philosophy and vice-director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Kritik als soziale Praxis (Campus, 2009), the co-author of Einführung in die politische Philosophie (Reclam, 2013) and the co-editor of Socialité et reconnaissance (L’Harmattan, 2007), Philosophie der Mo-ral (Suhrkamp, 2009) and of Transformations of Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2014).
Yolande Jansen is a senior researcher at the department of philosophy and the ACGS (Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies) of the University of Amsterdam. She is also a special professor for the Dutch Socrates Foundation, holding the chair of humanism in relation to religion and secularity at the VU University Amsterdam. She is the author of several journal articles and of Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies (AUP, 2013).