Illegality, Inc.: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe

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Univ of California Press, 2014 - SOCIAL SCIENCE - 338 pages
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In this groundbreaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson, a gifted anthropologist and journalist, travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe’s increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target–the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the “illegal immigrants” themselves to the vast industry built around their movements. This fascinating and accessible book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of international migration and the changing texture of global culture.
 

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Contents

figures
1
part one borderlands
31
part two crossings
131
10
141
part three confrontations
175
Stranded in Time
212
Scene 4
241
Conclusion
273
A Note on Method
283
Notes
289
Selected Glossary
309
Index
327
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Ruben Andersson is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, and an associated researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Visit http://rubenandersson.com/ for more information.

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