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The Borders of "Europe":

Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering

Edited by Nicholas De Genova

In recent years the borders of Europe have been perceived as being besieged by a staggering refugee and migration crisis. The contributors to The Borders of "Europe" see this crisis less as an incursion into Europe by external conflicts than as the result of migrants exercising their freedom of movement. Addressing the new technologies and technical forms European states use to curb, control, and constrain what contributors to the volume call the autonomy of migration, this book shows how the continent's amorphous borders present a premier site for the enactment and disputation of the very idea of Europe. They also outline how from Istanbul to London, Sweden to Mali, and Tunisia to Latvia, migrants are finding ways to subvert visa policies and asylum procedures while negotiating increasingly militarized and surveilled borders. Situating the migration crisis within a global frame and attending to migrant and refugee supporters as well as those who stoke nativist fears, this timely volume demonstrates how the enforcement of Europe’s borders is an important element of the worldwide regulation of human mobility.

Contributors. Ruben Andersson, Nicholas De Genova, Dace Dzenovska, Evelina Gambino, Glenda Garelli, Charles Heller, Clara Lecadet, Souad Osseiran, Lorenzo Pezzani, Fiorenza Picozza, Stephan Scheel, Maurice Stierl, Laia Soto Bermant, Martina Tazzioli

Bibliographic Information

The Borders of "Europe": Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering
Edited by: 
  • Nicholas De Genova
Copyright year: 
  • 2017
ISBN electronic: 
ISBN cloth: 
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Author Bio

  • Nicholas De Genova is the author of Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and "Illegality" in Mexican Chicago, coeditor of The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement, and editor of Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States, all also published by Duke University Press.

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