The confrontation between asylum seeking and sovereignty has mainly focused on ways in which the movement and possibilities of refugees and migrants are limited. In this volume, instead of departing from the practices of governance and surveillance, Puumala begins with the moving body, its engagements and relations and examines different ways of seeing and sensing the struggle between asylum seekers and sovereign practices.
Puumala asserts that our political imagination is being challenged in its ways of ordering, practicing and thinking about the international and those relations we call international. The issues relating to asylum seekers are one example of the deficiencies in the spatiotemporal logic upon which these relations were originally built; words such as ‘nation’, ‘people’, ‘sovereignty’ and ‘community’ are challenged. Conventional methods of governing, regulating and administering increased forms of mobility are in trouble, which gives rise to the invention of new technologies at borders and introduces regulations and spaces of exception.
Based on extensive fieldwork that sheds light on a range of Europe-wide practices in the field of asylum and migration policies, this book will be of interest to scholars of IR theory, biopolitics and migration, as well as critical security more broadly.
Table of Contents
Event 1: Ethnographic experiences
Chapter 1: Exposure
Event 2: Political lives, professional ethics, and sovereign practices
Chapter 2: Sovereignty, mobility, the body
Event 3: Asylum, a monologist narrative of the state?
Chapter 3: A struggle over the body
Event 4: Passages and dislocations
Chapter 4: Moving (in) space
Event 5: The feltness of sovereignty
Chapter 5: Sensuous politics, political sentiments
Collage of a politico-corporeal struggle
Eeva Puumala is a post-doctoral researcher at the Tampere Peace Research Institute in the University of Tampere, Finland