Lethal Borders and the Translocal Politics of ‘Ordinary People’

Perl, Gerhild (2018). Lethal Borders and the Translocal Politics of ‘Ordinary People’. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 27(2), pp. 85-104. Berghahn 10.3167/ajec.2018.270206

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How are politics generated by grief actually lived, and how do they endure? By exploring long-term repercussions of Europe’s lethal borders, I show what shape shared grief takes in the minute encoun- ters between ‘ordinary people’ across borders and how alternative politics are lived as a vivid critique of the moral economy of the EU border regime. Therefore, I explore intimate uncertainties that arise both in the confrontation with death and in the unexpected affec- tion between strangers. The analysis of a single shipwreck in 2003 indicates the need for more ethnographically nuanced, historically informed and translocal approaches to death during migration in anthropology.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Perl, Gerhild

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1755-2923

Publisher:

Berghahn

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Gerhild Perl

Date Deposited:

19 Nov 2018 10:00

Last Modified:

13 Jun 2019 08:42

Publisher DOI:

10.3167/ajec.2018.270206

Uncontrolled Keywords:

affect, codevelopment, death, migration, Morocco, politics of grief, responsibility, solidarity

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121252

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121252

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