Handbook on Human Security, Borders and Migration


Handbook on Human Security, Borders and Migration

9781839108891 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Natalia Ribas-Mateos, TRANSMENA Research Team, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain and Timothy J. Dunn, Department of Sociology, Salisbury University, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 889 1 Extent: 456 pp
Drawing on the concept of the ‘politics of compassion’, this Handbook interrogates the political, geopolitical, social and anthropological processes which produce and govern borders and give rise to contemporary border violence.

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Drawing on the concept of the ‘politics of compassion’, this Handbook interrogates the political, geopolitical, social and anthropological processes which produce and govern borders and give rise to contemporary border violence.
Chapters map different aspects of structural violence and mobilities in some of the world’s most contentious border zones, highlighting the forms and practices that connect with labour exploitation, legal exclusion and a severe absence of human rights. International interdisciplinary contributors, including renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen, draw attention to the forms and spaces of resistance available to migrants and activists, contemplating how advocates attempt to provide protection and human security to those subjected to border violence. Offering empirical analyses of critical border spaces, the book covers extensively the US–Mexico border region and border zones around the Mediterranean. Border issues in South, Central and North America, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, the Middle East, Central Africa and East and Central Asia are also discussed. The Handbook thus provides a truly transnational approach to borders and migration, demonstrating the dynamic but asymmetric relationship between the social structure of border enforcement and the human agency of migrants and global activists.
Combining theoretical insights into structural violence and human rights with key case studies of border zones, this comprehensive Handbook is crucial reading for scholars and researchers of social and political science investigating human migration, the humanitarian, border control and human rights. Its practical insights will also benefit policy-makers involved in borders and migration, as well as advocates and NGOs working with migrants and refugees to create secure environments.

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‘Human security is one of the most pressing issues of our time. As the world becomes more connected through globalization, barriers and borders simultaneously stifle and oppress world migrants. This Handbook should be required reading for understanding this problem, in the USA, Mexico, Europe and beyond, using a social science lens.’
– Howard Campbell, The University of Texas at El Paso, US
Contributors: P. Alaedini, C.L. Bejarano, G. Boyce, M.-J. Cabezón-Fernández, B. Camps-Febrer, J.A. Carter, Jr., M. Correia, C. Denaro, T.J. Dunn, B. Fernández-Suárez, N. Gaynor, A. Gomes Dias, K. Hayward, E. Hernández Sánchez, J. Heyman, L. Iturra Valenzuela, M.G. Jiménez, K. Kastner, M. Komarova, P. Leary, M. Lundsteen, J. Macaísta Malheiros, A. Mazouni, F. Melo, T. Miller, A Mirzaei, J.M. Nieto Olivar, L. Navone, S. Palidda, N. Ribas-Mateos, I.R. Sandoval, S. Sassen, J.-D. Sempere-Souvannavong, M. Solís, B. Sümer, M. Tobón, G.L. Uehling, H. Yambene Bomono

Introduction to the Handbook on Human Security, Borders and Migration 1
Natalia Ribas-Mateos and Tim Dunn

1 The militarization of the US–Mexico border in the twenty-first century
and implications for human rights 32
Timothy J. Dunn
2 The U.S.–Mexico border since 2014: overt migration contention and
normalized violence 51
Josiah Heyman
3 The mantling and dismantling of a tent city at the U.S.–Mexico border 68
Cynthia L. Bejarano and Ma. Eugenia Hernández Sánchez
4 Undo/redo the violent wall: border-crossing practices and multi-territoriality 87
Marlene Solís

5 The predatory character of today’s economies: a focus on borders and
migrations 99
Saskia Sassen
6 New security: threat landscape and the emerging market for force 108
Blanca Camps-Febrer and John Andrew Carter, Jr.
7 An anti-Latin@ policing machine: enforcing the U.S./Mexico border
along the Great Lakes and the 49th Parallel 122
Geoff Boyce and Todd Miller
8 The invisible dimension of institutional violence and the political
construction of impunity: necropopulism and the averted medicolegal gaze 134
Bilgesu Sümer
9 ‘Migrant trash’ or humanitarian responsibility? Central American
government state responses to deported nationals 145
Isabel Rosales Sandoval
10 Biopolitical governmentality at Chile’s northern border (Arica–Tacna) 162
Luis Iturra Valenzuela

11 Major changes in “migrations and borders” after the “revolution” of
globalized liberalism 174
Salvatore Palidda
12 Documenting and denouncing violence at eastern European borders:
the socio-legal relevance of refugee voices through the production of
audio-visual material 186
Chiara Denaro
13 Transnational humanitarianism: blurring the boundaries of the
Mediterranean in Libya 207
Natalia Ribas-Mateos
14 Migration policies at the Spanish border in Southern Europe: between
‘welfare chauvinism’, hate discourse and policies of compassion 222
Belén Fernández-Suárez
15 The wall and the tunnels: crossings and separation at the border
between Egypt, Israel and the Gaza Strip 236
Lorenzo Navone
16 Spanish–Algerian border relations: tensions between bilateral policies
and population mobilities 250
María-Jesús Cabezón-Fernández, Juan-David Sempere-Souvannavong and
Arslan Mazouni
17 Neighbour or stranger? Bordering practices in a small Catalan town 266
Martin Lundsteen

18 Border regions, migrations and the proliferation of violent expulsions 282
Saskia Sassen
19 Borders and violence in Burundi: regional responses, global responsibilities 298
Niamh Gaynor
20 Blood, smoke and cocaine? Reflections on the governance of the
Amazonian border in contemporary Brazil 310
José Miguel Nieto Olivar, Flávia Melo and Marco Tobón
21 The borders of Macau in a geohistorical perspective: political dispute,
(non)definition of limits and migratory phenomena in an original border-city 326
Alfredo Gomes Dias and Jorge Macaísta Malheiros
22 The Crimean borderscape: a changing landscape of political
compassion and care 345
Greta Lynn Uehling
23 The Irish border as sign and source of British–Irish tensions 355
Katy Hayward, Peter Leary and Milena Komarova

24 African women on the road to Europe: violence and resilience in border zones 371
Kristin Kastner
25 Impact of the permanent crisis in the Central African Republic on
Cameroonian return migrants 382
Henri Yambene Bomono
26 From Afghanistan border to Iranian cities: the case of migrant children
in Tehran 397
Pooya Alaedini and Ameneh Mirzaei
27 Adolescent mobilities and border regimes in the western Mediterranean 410
Mercedes G. Jiménez
Afterword: a brief mapping on borders 419
Marcos Correia

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