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Borders, Bodies and Narratives of Crisis in Europe

Authors: Lagios, Thanasis, Lekka, Vasia, Panoutsopoulos, Grigoris

  • Uncovers multiple dimensions of the technoscientific mechanisms of control of immigration and re-reads them through the prism of the 2008 crisis
  • Juxtaposes the lived experience of migration, i.e. the body against the border, with and its narrative/discourse in the form of a geneaology of crisis
  • Draws on several theoretical traditions to decide whether the current migration crisis is in fact a crisis or something endemic to capitalism
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This book addresses two interrelated discourses of crisis in contemporary Europe: the migrant crisis vs. the economic crisis. The chapters shed light on the thread that links these two issues by first examining immigration and the transformations regarding its control and administration via border technologies, as well as on the centrality of the body as a means and carrier of border within contemporary biopolitical societies. In a second step, the authors proceed  to a genealogy of the current discourses regarding the financial and political crisis through a Foucauldian and Lacanian perspective, focusing on the co-articulation of scientific knowledge and biopolitical power in Western societies.  

About the authors

​Thanasis Lagios is Teaching Assistant at the University of Athens, Greece.
Vasia Lekka is Adjunct Academic Staff at the Hellenic Open University, Greece.

Grigoris Panoutsopoulos is Researcher at the University of Athens, Greece.

Reviews

“This book is bold, refreshing, and timely. It has the great merit of intertwining two usually separated themes—the migration crisis and the financial crisis—in an empirically sensitive and theoretically sophisticated manner. The result is a work so uncompromising in its commitment to the labor of critique that it furnishes us with a new lens for understanding and interrogating the multiple but related crises in our present.” (Marcelo Hoffman, author of Militant Acts: Investigations in Radical Political Struggles and Theories and Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power)

“Through a sharp examination of the so-called 2015 refugee crisis and the 2007 financial crisis, this outstanding volume makes a crucial contribution to studies of the government of migration and politics of crisis in today’s Europe. It strikingly illuminates what is at stake in thinking these together and, in doing so, brings out genealogies of capitalism and bordering in Europe.” (Céline Cantat, Research Fellow, Central European University)

“By skillfully combining philosophical and political perspectives, this book’s main merit lies in its radical deconstruction of neoliberal discourse and its rhetoric of the crisis. It is, thus, an essential theoretical tool to see and understand Europe’s dark side that tends to become a landscape of control and de-humanization, whose borders embody the last frontier of exploitation and domination.” (Monia Cappuccini, author of Austerity and Democracy in Athens: Crisis and Community in Exarchia, Palgrave Macmillan)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Within the Walls

    Lagios, Thanasis (et al.)

    Pages 3-7

  • “Migrants” vis-à-vis “Refugees”: Towards a “Rationalisation” of Migration Control and Management

    Lagios, Thanasis (et al.)

    Pages 9-20

  • Opening and Closing Borders: Capitalism Is Speeding Up

    Lagios, Thanasis (et al.)

    Pages 21-34

  • Borders’ Diffusion as a Response to the “Humanist Crisis”: Towards a Military-Humanitarian Nexus

    Lagios, Thanasis (et al.)

    Pages 35-52

  • Borders and Bodies in Twenty-First-Century Biopolitical Societies: The Migrant’s Body as Carrier of the Border

    Lagios, Thanasis (et al.)

    Pages 53-64

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Hardcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75585-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Borders, Bodies and Narratives of Crisis in Europe
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75586-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75586-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75585-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 144
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