The Borders of "Europe"

Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering

Book Pages: 376 Illustrations: 18 maps Published: September 2017

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, European Studies, Geography

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


"While enriching insights into current European border studies, these perspectives prompt theoretical insights into migration, refugees, and borders on a global scale. . . . Recommended." — B. Osborne, Choice

“To immerse yourself in [The Borders of “Europe”] is to give timely reflection during a tumultuous time in migration studies, and reminds us that we can yet change course.” — Paul Clewett, LSE Review of Books

“A great methodological contribution that challenges and changes the ways in which Europe, migration and borders are thought about and analyzed. . . . What is most remarkable is that the contributors to the volume did an amazing job in firmly grounding their sophisticated theoretical analysis in rigorous fieldwork.” — Özden Ocak, Europe Now Journal

"This collection of original research provides a rich and valuable addition to the literature on migration and borders in contemporary Europe. The Borders of 'Europe' will be of interest to scholars and students working on migration issues in Europe and beyond." — John Solomos, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Insightful. . . . Nicholas De Genova’s edited collection is an impeccable addition to migration literature in a transdisciplinary and critical way." — Ali Bilgic, Journal of Contemporary European Studies

"The Borders of 'Europe' provides insight into a wide variety of border-related issues, ranging from Schengen visa applicants’ strategies to agricultural workers’ collective struggles, and informs us of a significant breadth of recent ethnographic research on migration." — Ipek A. Celik Rappas, German Studies Review

"This urgent project joins a body of engaged anthropological research by such writers as Maurizio Albahari, Heath Cabot, and Gregory Feldman, and others writing outside the privileged space of English (notably Katerina Rozakou in Greek). Perhaps inevitably in a well-disciplined collection, the authors sometimes frame migrants and Eurocrats in neatly binary terms, thereby partially reproducing the Euro-logic they criticize. Further explorations of internal diversity and complicity would thus productively complicate the timely insights they have so persuasively launched here." — Michael Herzfeld, Journal of Anthropological Research

"The Borders of 'Europe' is an indispensable read for fellow scholars interested in migration. The attention that the authors give to historical processes leading up to the current situation is particularly appreciated. . . . The book invites us to further reflect on the subtleties and difficulties of a European identity in these tumultuous political times, and to think about future implications of the continuing fortification of Europe. It is eminently useful for all who are interested in issues of migration, bordering and humanitarianism." — Sabine De Graaf, Social Anthropology

“Developing an original and innovative approach to the study of migration to Europe, this volume promises to be a key text in the fields of refugee and migration studies, border studies, European studies, as well as studies of technology and governmentality. A brilliant and timely book.” — Yael Navaro, author of The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity

"This compelling, illuminating book puts matters of migration and borders at the center of debates regarding what (and where) Europe is and should be, while raising powerful questions on associated issues of race and the colonial-like relations that scar the contemporary world. Myriad forms of violence, particularly the growing global death toll among illegalized people ‘on the move’—with Europe at its grisly epicenter—make The Borders of "Europe" necessary and timely. In deeply interrogating mobility, increasing state efforts to exclude those officially deemed as unwanted, and the refusal of so many to submit to them, the volume speaks to matters and an audience far beyond Europe. This is a book of truly global importance." — Joseph Nevins, author of Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War on “Illegals” and the Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary


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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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Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction. The Borders of "Europe" and the European Question / Nicholas De Genova  1
1. "The Secret Is to Look Good on Paper": Appropriating Mobility within and against a Machine of Illegalization / Stephan Scheel  37
2. Rescued and Caught: On the Humanitarian-Security Nexus at Europe's Frontiers / Ruben Andersson  64
3. Liquid Traces: Investigating Deaths of Migrants at the EU's Maritime Frontier / Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani  95
4. The Mediterranean Question: Europe and Its Predicament in the Southern Perpheries / Laia Soto Bermant  120
5. Europe Confronted by Its Expelled Migrants: The Politics of Expelled Migrants' Associations in Africa / Clara Lecadet  141
6. Choucha beyond the Camp: Challenging the Border of Migration Studies / Glenda Garelli and Martina Tazzioli  165
7. "Europe" from "Here": Syrian Migrants/Refugees in Istanbul and Imagined Migrations into and within "Europe" / Souad Osseiran  185
8. Excessive Migration, Excessive Governance: Border Entanglements in Greek EU-rope / Maurice Stierl  210
9. Dubliners: Unthinking Displacement, Illegality and Refugeeness within Europe's Geographies of Asylum / Fiorenza Picozza  233
10. The "Gran Ghettò: Migrant Labor and Militant Research in Southern Italy / Evelina Gambino  255
11. "We Want to Hear from You": Reporting as Bordering in the Political Space of Europe / Dace Dzenovska  283
References  299
Contributors  341
Index  345
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6916-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-6888-5
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