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Politics of movement

This book brings together a number of contributions that look into the political regulation of movement and analyses that engage the material enablers of and constraints on such movement. It attempts to bridge theoretical perspectives from critical security studies and political geography in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on security and mobility. In this vein, the book brings together approaches to mobility that take into account both techniques and practices of regulating movement, as well as their underlying infrastructures. Together the contributions inquire into a politics of movement that lies at the core of the production of security. Drawing on the insight that security is a contingent concept that hinges on the social construction of threat – which in turn must be understood through its political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions – the contributors offer fine-grained perspectives on a presumably mobile and insecure world. The title of the book, Security/Mobility, is a direct reference to this world that at times appears dominated by these two paradigms. As is shown throughout the book, rather than being opposed to each other, a great deal of political effort is undertaken in order to reconcile the need for security and the necessity of mobility. Running through the book is the view that security and mobility are entangled in a constant dynamic – a dynamic that converges in what is conceptualised here as a politics of movement.

Lessons for critical security studies?
Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet

S INCE THE BEGINNING of the twenty-first century, across the social sciences and humanities there has been a widespread and increasing interest in issues of mobility. In many respects, what is referred to as the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ is an endeavour that critical security scholars should engage with even further. This book is one step down this road. In further pursuit

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Data becoming risk information
Nathaniel O’Grady

discuss data as an entity which can be described by its circulation. Circulation allows us to conceptualise the broad systems of flow that characterise the life of data in the FRS. The movement of data, secondly, is cast as one that is mobilised. Mobility brings into play how the flow of data is structured according to different interventions made, for instance, by data export functions or human operators

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Security/ Mobility and politics of movement
Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães, and Sharon Weinblum

about organized crime, global terrorism, undocumented migration and other dangerous mobilities’ (Walters 2006 : 199) that render movement a central political concern. While contemporary liberal politics actively encourages and enables mobility for the sake of our modern lifestyle and the economic benefits that it yields, it also seeks to render the flows of such mobility knowledgeable and controllable

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Security, mobility, liberals, and Christians
Luis Lobo-Guerrero

and Vaughan-Williams 2008 ). By the time he began to think about the mobility elements that had made his journey so easy, he was already falling asleep. If he had kept awake, he would have had to think about the politics, logistics, and economics involved in international air travel (cf. Salter 2008 ), in planning cities, in designing, upgrading, and operating the urban transport systems so that

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A discourse view on the European Community and the abolition of border controls in the second half of the 1980s
Stef Wittendorp

reinstitutes them in other places with the effect of rerouting and redefining mobility and thereby also legitimising new forms of security. Examining the discussion about abolishing border controls between the member states and the proposal for alternative schemes of control during the second half of the 1980s shows the grounding of the EC/EU as a distinct territorial entity and as such becoming involved in

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French denaturalisation law on the brink of World War II
Marie Beauchamps

, in the name of which community is a denaturalisation decree authorised? And how does it impact on the notions of security and mobility? In the first section, I demonstrate how a rhetoric of security came to legitimise the extension of denaturalisation practices. The discussion revolves around a selection of parliamentary documents and ministerial notes, including the 1939 bill amending the provisions

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Analysing the example of data territorialisation
Andreas Baur-Ahrens

exchanged between domestic servers and computers should travel only over domestic infrastructure and therefore remain within territorial borders – borders that traditionally play a minor role in cyberspace. The mobility of data traffic should be limited and regulated for the sake of data security by keeping sensitive information out of the reach of Anglo-American intelligence agencies. The idea of data

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Public presence, discourse, and migrants as threat
Giannis Gkolfinopoulos

I N THIS CHAPTER I examine how the unexpected mobility and public presence of migrant bodies is discursively productive of a threat to the nation that merits another instance of mobility, only somewhat less unexpected: strong police intervention on university premises in Greece in 2011. 1 Both these instances evince a similarly uneasy balance between (in)security and mobility. 2 The strong police

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Sharon Weinblum

: how have exclusionary policies been justified in the Israeli political discourse? To which other elements have the mobility of asylum seekers and the policies in place been connected in political discourse and with what effects? How has the imaginary of the border, detention, and deportation played out in the discourse surrounding the issue of asylum seekers? By its approach, this contribution is in

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