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Migration, Mobilities and the Arab Spring

Spaces of Refugee Flight in the Eastern Mediterranean Edited by Natalia Ribas-Mateos, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Confronting questions of globalization, mobilities and space in the Mediterranean, and more specifically in the eastern Mediterranean, this book introduces a new type of complexity and ambiguity to the study of the global. In this theoretical frame an increasingly urban articulation of global logics and struggles, and an escalating use of urban space to make political claims, not only by citizens but also by foreigners, can be found. By emphasizing the interplay between global, regional and local phenomena, the book examines new forms and conditions, such as the transformation of borders, the reconfiguration of transnational communities, the agency of transnational families, new mobilities and diasporas, and transnational networks of humanitarian response.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 194 4
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Confronting questions of globalization, mobilities and space in the Mediterranean, and more specifically in the eastern Mediterranean, this book introduces a new type of complexity and ambiguity to the study of the global. In this theoretical frame an increasingly urban articulation of global logics and struggles, and an escalating use of urban space to make political claims, not only by citizens but also by foreigners, can be found. By emphasizing the interplay between global, regional and local phenomena, the book examines new forms and conditions, such as the transformation of borders, the reconfiguration of transnational communities, the agency of transnational families, new mobilities and diasporas, and transnational networks of humanitarian response.

The contributions from a variety of disciplines demonstrate that the reconfiguration of mobilities and the accompanying problem of inhospitable politics towards refugees at different levels, as well as humanitarian responses to it, is one of the major impacts, globally speaking, of the Arab Spring. Through the reconfiguration of such new mobilities there is an urgency to properly map the space of the many trajectories of those transnational connections. The editor concludes that there is, however, great difficulty in doing so as it is constantly disconnected by new arrivals, constantly waiting to be determined by the configuration and reconfiguration of both historical and contemporary relations.

This exploration of migration, mobilities and the Arab Spring, is essential reading for scholars across a multitude of disciplines. The book’s themes are of major interest and importance for policymakers and administrators at national and international levels.
‘Migration, Mobilities and the Arab Spring does a fantastic job of uniting multiple disciplines and areas of research to show just how onerous the migrant situation in the Eastern Mediterranean continues to be. Contextualizing how globalization and social movements relate to intra- and inter-regional migratory flows is no simple feat. While there is always room for sharpening one’s approach to doing so, this book will serve as a wonderful addition to migration research and upper level syllabi aiming to bridge between the theory and practice of migration and related developmental concerns.’
– Peter D. A. Wood, Progress in Development Studies

‘Natalia Ribas-Mateos has produced a brilliant analysis of the consequences of the Arab Spring in terms of new and ongoing mobilities, migrations and displacement of populations – an essential component to understanding current global changes in the region and beyond. Empirically grounded and theoretically innovative, this book is a wonderful example of comparative interdisciplinary scholarship on an issue with both local and global resonance.’
– Russell King, University of Sussex, UK
Contributors: H. Afailal, R. Al Akash, C. Beaugrand, K. Boswall, C. Denaro, K. Doraï, V. Geisser, L. Navone, N. Ribas-Mateos, S. Sassen, S. Schmelter, C.H. Schwarz

Contents:

Foreword by Saskia Sassen:
Membership and its Instabilities
 
PART I MAPPING KEY CONCEPTS AFTER 2011
1. Eastern Mediterranean Mobilities After the Arab Spring: Transformations Over Time or Sudden Change?
Natalia Ribas-Mateos

2. The Role of Diasporas, Migrants and Exiles in the Arab Revolutions and Political Transitions
Claire Beaugrand and Vincent Geisser

3. Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Field of Migration Management: Contrasting Morocco and Turkey as Case Studies
Hafsa Afailal
 
PART II UNDERSTANDING MOBILITY AND ENCLOSURE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
4. The Reconfiguration of Mediterranean Migration Routes After the War in Syria: Narratives of the ‘Egyptian Route’ to Italy (and Beyond)
Chiara Denaro

5. Refugees From Syria as ‘Guests’ in Germany: The Moral Economy of German Refugee Policy In 2014
Christoph H. Schwarz

PART III RESEARCHING BORDER ZONES: NEW MOBILITIES AND TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS OF HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
6. The Field Before the Battle: Palestinian Mobilities and the Gaza-Israel-Egypt Triangular Border Before (and After) The 2011 Egyptian Uprising
Lorenzo Navone

7. Listening to the Voices of Syrian Women and Girls Living as Urban Refugees in Northern Jordan: A Narrative Ethnography of Early Marriage
Ruba Al Akash and Karen Boswall

8. Palestinian Refugees and the Current Syrian Conflict: From Settled Refugees to Stateless Asylum Seekers?
Kamel Doraï 

9. The Question of Governing Syrian Refugees: An Ethnography of Lebanon's Humanitarian Regime
Susanne Schmelter 

Index