Borderscapes: Hidden Geographies and Politics at Territory's by Prem Kumar Rajaram, Carl Grundy-Warr

By Prem Kumar Rajaram, Carl Grundy-Warr

Connecting severe problems with kingdom sovereignty with empirical matters, Borderscapes interrogates the bounds of political area. The essays during this quantity learn daily methods, corresponding to the classifying of migrants and refugees, protection in ecu and American detention facilities, and the DNA sampling of migrants in Thailand, exhibiting the border as an ethical build wealthy with panic, risk, and patriotism.   Conceptualizing such areas as immigration detention camps and refugee camps as parts of political contestation, this paintings forcefully argues that borders and migration are, finally, inextricable from questions of justice and its limits.   Contributors:  Didier Bigo, Institut d’?tudes Politiques, Paris; Karin Dean; Elspeth Guild, U of Nijmegen; Emma Haddad; Alexander Horstmann, U of M?nster; Alice M. Nah, nationwide U of Singapore; Suvendrini Perera, Curtin U of know-how, Australia; James D. Sidaway, U of Plymouth, united kingdom; Nevzat Soguk, U of Hawai‘i; Decha Tangseefa, Thammasat U, Bangkok; Mika Toyota, nationwide U of Singapore.   Prem Kumar Rajaram is assistant professor of sociology and social anthropology on the vital eu college, Budapest, Hungary.   Carl Grundy-Warr is senior lecturer of geography on the nationwide college of Singapore.

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The borderscapes that we investigate in this book point to hidden geographies and insurrectionary political forms that question the territorial restriction on justice and belonging. We investigate these in two ways. We take note of the creation of a zone of exception where normal law does not apply, but we do not forget society. We focus on the condition of abjection into which migrants are placed, but we do not conflate the ruse of sovereignty with actuality: zones of abjection are not without resistance.

It is important to understand the safeguards and the checks and balances regarding the state of exception, and to clarify who is in charge, to define concretely the boundaries of the exception. The Schmittian vision is opposed to this liberal discourse of the roman dictature considered as a lie or as a mythology. Schmitt insists that the exception justified as a duty to save the republic exists alongside the exception as key moment of the political: the tracing of the border between friend and foe.

The detention of foreigners, Bigo argues, is not fully understood if it is explained in terms of a logic of surveillance. Rather than strict fidelity to Foucault’s notion of the Panopticon, which can (though this is not necessarily done by Foucault himself) flatten the field of surveillance, Bigo argues that what is important about the contemporary detention of foreigners in Europe is the difference between surveillance for all and control, or detention, of the few. The logic of surveillance in contemporary Europe is a differentiating and graduated xxxii · introduction logic; it operates in different ways on differently identified groups of people.

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