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Europe's Migration Crisis


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Part I. The Production of Death and Vulnerability: 1. Crisis politics: The production of death and vulnerability; 2. Biophysical violence and ultra-precarity: The normalisation of death and vulnerability; 3. Human dignity: The pervasiveness of death and vulnerability; Part II. The Production of Solidarity and Hope: 4. Corridoi Umanitari: Dignity in motion and a politics of welcome; 5. Sea-Watch: Dignity in Danger and a Politics of Witness; 6. Grave dressing: Dignity in death and a politics of responsibility; References; Index.

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Rejecting the assumption that migration is a 'crisis' for Europe, Squire explores alternative responses which provide openings for a renewed humanism.

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Vicki Squire is Professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK, and co-editor of the flagship ISA journal International Political Sociology. She is author of The Exclusionary Politics of Asylum (2009), The Contested Politics of Mobility (2011), Post/Humanitarian Border Politics Between Mexico and the US (2015), and Reclaiming Migration (co-authored with Perkowski, Stevens and Vaughan-Williams, 2020).


'This book masterfully documents how the barbarians appearing at the frontiers of Europe are none other than the European governments themselves and how the European licence to dictate the measure of a human is being revoked by acts of hope and solidarity.' Engin Isin, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London
'Vicki Squire's Europe's Migration Crisis: Border Deaths and Human Dignity offers a most insightful and compelling analysis of EU practices of governing migration and the involvement of activist groups in contesting the power relations through which death and vulnerability become normalised. It draws crucial attention to multifaceted dynamics of power and violence that underscore the 'Mediterranean migration crisis', including the deaths and vulnerabilities of people on the move and the modern European tradition of humanism. It provides a significant analysis of activist interventions that not only disrupt the so-called crisis but also facilitate alternative horizons of solidarity and hope and contribute to solidaristic social movements. Europe's Migration Crisis is powerfully argued, deeply compassionate, and indispensable reading for scholars of migration and refugees.' Suzan Ilcan, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada

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