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Migrants Before the Law

Contested Migration Control in Europe

Authors: Eule, T., Borrelli, L.M., Lindberg, A., Wyss, A.

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  • Offers detailed comparative perspectives on how state agents, non-state actors, and migrants shape the European migration regime
  • Engages the rarely combined research areas of socio-legal scholarship and contestations over migration control
  • Applies theoretical insights from critical political anthropology to the study of the ‘state of the state’ in Europe
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This book traces the practices of migration control and its contestation in the European migration regime in times of intense politicization. The collaboratively written work brings together the perspectives of state agents, NGOs, migrants with precarious legal status, and their support networks, collected through multi-sited fieldwork in eight European states: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Switzerland. The book provides knowledge of how European migration law is implemented, used, and challenged by different actors, and of how it lends and constrains power over migrants’ journeys and prospects. An ethnography of law in action, the book contributes to socio-legal scholarship on migration control at the margins of the state. 

“This book is a major achievement. A remarkable and insightful study that through close analysis of the practices of migration control in 8 European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Switzerland) provides powerful new insight into the power of the state at its margins and over those that are marginalised.”
- Andrew Geddes, Director, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute 

Migrants Before the Law provides a much-needed account of the dizzying legal labyrinth that migrants navigate as they seek to survive in Europe.  Based on multi-sited ethnography in detention centres, migration offices, police stations, and non-governmental organizations as well as on interviews with key government actors, advocates, and migrants themselves, this book explores the systems of control and forms of migrant precarity that operate along Europe’s internal borders, in multiple national and transnational contexts.  Readers will come away with a deepened understanding of the perverse workings of power, the ways that the uncertainty and unpredictability of law foster both despair and hope, the degree to which the immigration “crisis” is both manufactured and experienced as real, and the ingenuity of migrants themselves in the face of Kafkaesque state practices.”

- Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, USA

Migrants Before the Law is an excellent exposition of the dispersed sites of the law and the hinges and junctions through which this apparatus is actualized in the lives of migrants facing deportation, contesting their status as illegal migrants or seeking to regularize their precarious position.  Written with great sensitivity and an eye to minute details this book is also an achievement in furthering the method of collaborative ethnography and new ways of staging comparisons.”

- Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, USA


About the authors

Tobias Eule is Professor for the Sociology of Law at the Faculty Law, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Lisa Marie Borrelli is Researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Annika Lindberg is Researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Anna Wyss is Researcher at Maison d’Analyse Processus Sociaux, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migrants Before the Law
Book Subtitle
Contested Migration Control in Europe
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98749-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98749-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98748-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 264
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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