Mobility, racism and geopolitics (2022)

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Political Geography Abstract References (47) Political Geography Political Geography Political Geography Mastering Space, Hegemony, Territory and International Political Economy Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy Race, Nation, Class. Ambiguous Identities The Maastricht Treaty: exacerbating racism in Europe Ethnic and Racial Studies Mobility, empowerment and the rights revolution Political Geography Moving between bogus and bona fide: the policing of inclusion and exclusion in Europe Language and Symbolic Power Towards an authoritarian European state Race and Class Endangered/Endangering: Schematic Racism and White Paranoia Writing Security The Age of Migration, International Population Movements in the Modern World Migrations and minorities in Europe. Perspectives for the 1990s: eleven hypothese Mobility as resistance: a geographical reading of Kerouac's On the road Transactions Institute of British Geographers. No. 1 Keeping up with Schengen: migration policy in the European Union International Migration Review Gender and critical geopolitics: reading security discourse in the New World Disorder Environment and Planning Locating critical geopolitics Environment and Planning Europe 2000. Outlook for the development of the community's territory Remarks on the great migration Framtider International My Europe, right or wrong Framtider International Cited by (106) Camps and counterterrorism: Security and the remaking of refuge in Kenya Journeys of Violence: Trajectories of (Im-)Mobility and Migrants’ Encounters with Violence in European Border Spaces<sup>*</sup> Editorial Introduction: The Shifting Geopolitics of Return Migration and Reintegration At the Gates: Borders, National Identity, and Social Media During the “Evros Incident” The Figure of the Refugee in Superhero Cinema Recommended articles (6) Videos

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Political Geography

Volume 17, Issue 5,

June 1998

, Pages 499-515 rights and content

(Video) "The Geopolitics of Mobility": A Conversation


The paper tries to ‘map’ the shifting discursive and institutional practices with regard to international migrations, by analyzing the discourses and regimes of migration control in Europe. The perspectives of ‘critical’ geopolitics are deployed in the analysis of international migrations, to address issues of the construction of migrations as ‘threats’ and ‘mass’ migrations to the West. The racialization, criminalization and securitization of international migration have emerged as key ingredients of discursive regimes of international migrations, informing the changing contours of migration discourses in Europe and the West. The paper tries to draw some of the complex and multiple interfaces of the current crises of capitalism and the ‘new world’ order, global inequality, hegemony, and the dominant representations of a category of international migrations as ‘threats’. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved

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