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Containment through mobility: migrants’ spatial disobediences and the reshaping of control through the hotspot system / Martina Tazzioli

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Pages: 1 - 16

Swansea University Author: Tazzioli, Martina

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 26th April 2019

Abstract

The article focuses on the modes of (contested) control that are at play in the Southern European migration context for containing, dividing and discipling unruly mobility. Building on ethnographic research conducted on the island of Lesvos and of Lampedusa, the article builds on the implementation...

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Published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ISSN: 1369-183X 1469-9451
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa37958
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Abstract: The article focuses on the modes of (contested) control that are at play in the Southern European migration context for containing, dividing and discipling unruly mobility. Building on ethnographic research conducted on the island of Lesvos and of Lampedusa, the article builds on the implementation and the functioning of the Hotspot System in Greece and in Italy, analysing beyond the fences of detention centers and by looking at the broader logistics of channels, infrastructures and governmental measures deployed for regaining control over migration movements. The article contends that more than control in terms of surveillance and tracking, the Hotspot System contributes to enforce forms of containment through mobility, that consists in controlling migration by obstructing, decelerating and troubling migrants’ geographies - more than in fully blocking them. It undertake an in-depth analysis of migrants’ refusals of being fingerprinted, showing how migrants radically unsettle the association between seeking refuge and lack of choice, enacting their right to choose where to go and claim asylum. 
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Keywords: hotspot; mobility; control; Mediterranean; asylum; containment.
College: College of Science
Start Page: 1
End Page: 16