Europes Border Crisis: Biopolitical Security and Beyond

Hardcover | November 1, 2015

byNick Vaughan-williams

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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 tothe 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 agap 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 oftensions 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 toboth 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 anew horizon for addressing these and related questions.

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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 tothe EU and as a life that is threatened and in...

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick, UK. His research, supported by the British Academy and ESRC, focuses on the relationship between sovereignty, subjectivity, and the spatial dimensions of security - particularly the changing nature and location of borders in global politics. His ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Borders, crises, critique1. Europes border crisis2. European border security and the crisis of humanitarian critique3. Conceptual crises in critical border and migration studies4. Key themes and a map of the studyPart 2. Biopolitical borders5. Introduction6. European border security and migration management: from Schengen to the Arab Spring7. Foucault and the biopolitical paradigm8. Biopolitical border security in EuropePart 3. Thanatopolitical borders9. Introduction10. The sovereign ban and thanatopolitical spaces11. Reassessing Agamben in critical border and migration studies12. Push-backs and abandonment in the European borderscapePart 4. Zoopolitical borders13. Introduction14. Borderwork and contemporary spaces of detention in Europe15. Critical infrastructure, dehumanization, animalization16. Derridas zoopolitics and the bestial potential of border securityPart 5. Immunitary borders17. Introduction18. Life, politics, and immunity in Esposito19. The immunitary paradigm20. Reconceptualizing the border as an immune systemPart 6. Affirmative borders21. Introduction22. Affirmative biopolitics23. Towards an affirmative biopolitical border imaginary24. Affirmative headings for European border security and migration management