Reprint of "The Border Event in the Everyday: Hope and Constraints in the Lives of Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers in Turkey"

Strasser, Sabine; Tibet, Eda Elif (2022). Reprint of "The Border Event in the Everyday: Hope and Constraints in the Lives of Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers in Turkey". In: Lems, Annika; Oester, Kathrin; Strasser, Sabine (eds.) Children of the Crisis. Ethnographic Perspectives on Unaccompanied Refugee Youth In and en Route to Europe (pp. 40-57). London, New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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This article addresses the everyday lives of young male migrants in a state care facility for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Istanbul, Turkey. We focus on how the EU-Turkey Statement, which came into force in March 2016, affected the young people’s options and hopes and how they responded to the resultant strengthening of border control. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Istanbul and the Aegean area between 2015 and 2016 we show how this agreement became enmeshed with the young people’s life trajectories during a period of increasing authoritarianism in Turkey. While current contributions to border studies in Turkey mainly discuss new strategies of joint border management, the border spectacle of the irregular corridor to Europe and emerging humanitarian interventions at the borders, this article traces how political and legal transformations of border control trickle down to the everyday of unaccompanied minors. We suggest analysing the EU–Turkey border regime in 2015/16 as a ‘critical event’ (Das [2007]. Life and Words: Violence and the Descent Into the Ordinary. Berkeley: University of California Press) and show how violence, exclusion and humanitarianism affect young men’s lives.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Strasser, Sabine and Tibet, Eda Elif

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISBN:

9781032072524

Publisher:

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2022 15:04

Last Modified:

14 Apr 2022 15:04

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Additional Information:

The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, volume 46, issue 2 (2020). When citing this material, please use the original page numbering for each article, as follows:
Chapter 3: The border event in the everyday: hope and constraints in the lives of young unaccompanied asylum seekers in Turkey
Sabine Strasser and Eda Elif Tibet
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, volume 46, issue 2, pp. 354-371.

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/168213

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