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Europe's Border Crisis Biopolitical Security and Beyond

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 10/2015

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Europe's Border Crisis investigates dynamics in EU border security and migration management and advances a path-breaking framework for thought, judgment, and action in this context. It argues that a crisis point has emerged whereby irregular migrants are treated as both a security threat to the EU and as a life that is threatened and in need of saving. This leads to paradoxical situations such that humanitarian policies and practices often expose irregular migrants to dehumanizing and lethal border security mechanisms. The dominant way of understanding these dynamics, one that blames a gap between policy and practice, fails to address the deeper political issues at stake and ends up perpetuating the terms of the crisis. Drawing on conceptual resources in biopolitical theory, particularly the work of Roberto Esposito, the book offers an alternative diagnosis of the problem in order to move beyond the present impasse. It argues that both negative and positive dimensions of EU border security are symptomatic of tensions within biopolitical techniques of government. While bordering practices are designed to play a defensive role they contain the potential for excessive security mechanisms that threaten the very values and lives they purport to protect. Each chapter draws on a different biopolitical key to both interrogate diverse technologies of power at a range of border sites and explore the insights and limits of the biopolitical paradigm. Must border security always result in dehumanization and death? Is a more affirmative approach to border politics possible? Europe's Border Crisis sets out a new horizon for addressing these and related questions.


1. - Europes border crisis
2. - European border security and the crisis of humanitarian critique
3. - Conceptual crises in critical border and migration studies
4. - Key themes and a map of the study
5. - Introduction
6. - European border security and migration management: from Schengen to the Arab Spring
7. - Foucault and the biopolitical paradigm
8. - Biopolitical border security in Europe
9. - Introduction
10. - The sovereign ban and thanatopolitical spaces
11. - Reassessing Agamben in critical border and migration studies
12. - Push-backs and abandonment in the European borderscape
13. - Introduction
14. - Borderwork and contemporary spaces of detention in Europe
15. - Critical infrastructure, dehumanization, animalization
16. - Derridas zoopolitics and the bestial potential of border security
17. - Introduction
18. - Life, politics, and immunity in Esposito
19. - The immunitary paradigm
20. - Reconceptualizing the border as an immune system
21. - Introduction
22. - Affirmative biopolitics
23. - Towards an affirmative biopolitical border imaginary
24. - Affirmative headings for European border security and migration management


Nick Vaughan-Williams is Professor of International Security and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. From 2016 to 2019 he holds the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding research in Politics and International Relations. His programme of research, supported with grants from the British Academy, UK Economic and Social Research Council, and Leverhulme Trust, focuses on the relationship between sovereignty, subjectivity, and the spatial dimensions of security particularly the changing nature of borders and bordering practices in global politics. His book Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power (2009, 2012) was Gold Winner of the Association for Borderlands Studies Book Award. He is co-author of Critical Security Studies: An Introduction (2010, 2014) and Everyday Security Threats: Perceptions, Experiences, Consequences (2016).

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 240 x 19.1 x 171 mm Ø 454 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 192

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