Elements of Movement Controls in Post-sovereign Governmentality

Authored by: Thanos Zartaloudis

The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671886
eBook ISBN: 9781315613239
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042648


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The focus of this contribution lies with the very notion of migration or movement management in general. The aim is to understand and reformulate its logic as a crisis machine of control. To do so and to be able to expose, for these purposes, the vast and constantly redrawn typology and administration of people on the move (genuine/bogus asylum seekers, forced/voluntary migrants, legal/illegal migrants, trafficked migrants, Convention/proper refugees, regular/irregular migrants, seasonal workers, etc.) we conceive of what will be suggested below as a wider logic of the field 1 1

Giorgio Agamben, ‘Interview with Giorgio Agamben – Life, A Work of Art without an Author: The State of Exception, the Administration of Disorder and Private Life’ [2005] German Law Review 5(5), 609–14. See for a discussion of the concept of ‘logic of the field’ Nick Vaughan-Williams, ‘Borders, Territory, Law’ [2008] International Political Sociology 2, 322–38.

of control, of the management of people on the move in general. As a result this analysis will not be focused exclusively either on the nation-state or the UNCHR, nor on the administration and policing, NGO humanitarian action, law and micro-management of people on the move, but rather on their functional relation and mutual exposure. The aim is to suggest that an adequate understanding of the fluid practices of inclusion and exclusion in a post-sovereign world can only by reached by an approach that keeps in mind the whole array of governmental techniques of controlling people on the move.

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