The desultory politics of mobility and the humanitarian-military border in the Mediterranean. Mare Nostrum beyond the sea

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. The desultory politics of mobility and the humanitarian-military border in the Mediterranean. Mare Nostrum beyond the sea. REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, 23(44), pp. 61-82. ISSN 1980-8585 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article investigates the reshaping of the military-humanitarian border in the Mediterranean, focusing on the Italian military-humanitarian mission Mare Nostrum, that started for rescuing migrants at sea after the deaths of hundreds of migrants in October 2013 near the coasts of the island of Lampedusa. The main argument is that in order to understand the working of the military-humanitarian border at sea and its impacts, we must go beyond the space of the sea, and analysing it in the light of the broader functioning of migration governmentality. The notion of desultory politics of mobility is deployed here for describing the specific temporality of the humanitarian border working and its politics of visibility. In particular, an analytical gaze on the military-humanitarian operations at sea to rescue-and-control of migrants’ movements shows that what is at stake is the production of some practices of mobility as exceptional. Then, this article takes on Mare Nostrum operation for exploring the ways in which the military and the humanitarian are rearticulated and how they currently work together.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1590/1980-85852503880004405

Keywords:

humanitarian border, migration, governmentality, politics of visibility, biopolitics

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
2015Published
24 March 2015Accepted

Item ID:

27310

Date Deposited:

28 Oct 2019 09:42

Last Modified:

29 Oct 2019 13:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27310

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