Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. Military-humanitarianism. In: Katharyne Mitchell; Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri, eds. Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 182-192. ISBN 9781786436023 [Book Section]

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This chapter accounts for the geographies of military-humanitarianism: the spaces through which it operates and, in turn, changes; and the spatial transformations it has undergone in the Mediterranean “of” migrants. Building on the analysis of two recent Mediterranean scenes—the criminalization of acts of solidarity through military-humanitarianism and the EU warfare against migrant smuggling networks—we study military-humanitarianism as a spatial process, where neither the “military” nor the “humanitarian” predicaments of this mode of intervention are taken at face value. The chapter develops an approach to the study military-humanitarianism as a flexible technology for migration control. We conclude by sketching a critical geography research agenda on military-humanitarianism that would take into account the different forms of capitalisation over migrants that are at stake in the humanitarian and military government of refugees.

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military-humanitarianism, migration containment, acts of solidarity, search and rescue (SAR) operations, Mediterranean, Libya

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22 February 2019Published
1 October 2018Accepted

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25 Oct 2019 15:02

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10 Jun 2021 04:18


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