1st Edition

Everyday Violence at the EU’s External Borders Games and Push-backs

By Karolina Augustova Copyright 2023
    122 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Combining conflict studies and feminist perspectives on everyday violence, this book analyses games and push-back which are vectors to migrants' border-crossing attempts and violence that aims to deter their journeys at the Bosnian-Croatian border. It questions how these diverse forms of violence are experienced, not treating violence as singular episodes but rather paying attention to how migrants make meaning of it across months and years. The author examines direct violence and its symbiosis with structural harms and questions how these turn into everyday, concrete, and intimate processes at the border. She also questions who this violence targets and where it takes place and asks whether and how the dominant assumptions about race and gender impact men's migration journeys. The book will appeal to scholars and postgraduate students interested in issues of migration, violence, masculinities, racialization, the European Union’s border governance, and scholar activism.


     2.Imagining the Balkan Route

     3.Race, gender and border violence

     4.Push and Back

     5.The everyday matters

     6.The game not over



    Karolína Augustová is Lecturer in International Relations and Sociology at Northumbria University. Her ethnographic research examines the European Union's migration externalisation in (post-)conflict zones, border violence, and human smuggling, which has been published in Geopolitics, Antipode, and Trends in Organised Crime among other journals. Her articles and commentaries have been also published in public outlets, including The Guardian, Politico, Aljazeera, and Open Democracy.