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Liquid Borders
Migration as Resistance

Edited By

Mabel Moraña

ISBN 9780367696900
Published March 15, 2021 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

Liquid Borders provides a timely and critical analysis of the large-scale migration of people across borders, which has sent shockwaves through the global world order in recent years.

In this book, internationally recognized scholars and activists from a variety of fields analyze key issues related to diasporic movements, displacements, exiles, "illegal" migrants, border crossings, deportations, maritime ventures, and the militarization of borders from political, economic, and cultural perspectives. Ambitious in scope, with cases stretching from the Mediterranean to Australia, the US/Mexico border, Venezuela, and deterritorialized sectors in Colombia and Central America, the various contributions are unified around the notion of freedom of movement, and the recognition of the need to think differently about ideas of citizenship and sovereignty around the world.

Liquid Borders will be of interest to policy makers, and to researchers across the humanities, sociology, area studies, politics, international relations, geography, and of course migration and border studies.

Table of Contents

lntroduction - Mabel Moraña  Part I: Migration, (Trans)borders, and the freedom of movement  1. Proliferating Borders in the Battlefield of Migration: Rethinking Freedom of Movement - Sandro Mezzadra  2. Fugitives de la Vida imposible: Transborders, Migrations, and Displacements - José Manuel Valenzuela Arce  Part II: Labor, politics, and the question of limits   3. Transmigrants as Embodiment of Biocapitalism - Abril Trigo   4. Refuge and Deportation: the Future as Property in the Border Regime - Angela Naimou   5. At the Border of Sight: States, the Civil Contract, and Bracero Program Photos - Deborah Cohen   6. Barbed Wire: A History of Cruelty - Tabea Linhard   Part III: Gender, art, memory, and the migrant  7. Mobile Reorientations: Trans-agency and the Queering of the Italian Politics of Migrant Reception in Henrique Goldman’s Princesa - Elena Dalla Torre   8. Resilience Beyond Cruelty: Central American Migrants Pursuing the American Dream - Ana del Sarto  9. Border Art for a Border Ecology - Ila Nicole Sheren   10. States of Exile: Kracauer’s Extraterritoriality, and the Poetics of Memory in Cristina Peri Rossi’s Estado de Exilio (2003) - Ignacio Infante   Part IV: Colonial crossings/indigenous displacements  11. Early Modern Religious Displacement and Transnational Catholic Subjects - Stephanie Kirk   12. Andean and Amazonian Displacements: Culture and the Effects of Deforestation - José Antonio Mazzotti  13. Language of Space: Politics of Indigenous People Removal and the Ethnopolitics of Resistance. The Post-Colonial Diaspora - Stefano Varese  14. From Genocide to Hieleras: The Never-Ending Maya Genocide - Arturo Arias  Part V: Translocalities in Latin America  15. Bordering the Crisis: Race, Migration, and Political Strategies in Anti-Populist Ecuador - Jorge Daniel Vásquez  16. From the "Suffering Stranger" to the IDP: The Emergence of a New Problem Area - Juan Ricardo Aparicio  17. Dispossession by Militarization: Forced displacements and the neoliberal "Drug War" for energy in Mexico - Oswaldo Zavala  18. Migration and the Aging Body: Elderly War Refugees in Brazil: between national borders and social boundaries - Bahia M. Munem  Part VI: Global migration/Mediterranean crossings  19. Caribbean borderlands and traveling theories: Imperial frontier, translocal nations, federations of disaporas, planetary archipelago - Agustín Laό-Montes  20. Europe Otherwise: Lessons from the Caribbean - Manuela Boatcǎ  21. Visualizing the Black Mediterranean - Michelle Murray  22. "On Behalf of Vulnerable Strangers": Interpreting Communities-to-come - Mina Karavanta


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Mabel Moraña is Willliam H. Gass Professor of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is Director of the Latin American Studies Program. She has been Director of Publications of IILI (Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana) and has published extensively on Latin American literature from the colonial period to the present, including topics of cultural theory, literary and cultural criticism, and narrative and philosophy. She has edited more than 30 collective volumes and published 16 authored books, including Arguedas/Vargas Llosa: Debates and Assemblages (awarded with the Singer Kovacts Award, MLA, and the Premio Iberoamericano, LASA); The Monster as War Machine; and Philosophy and Criticism in Latin America: From Mariategui to Sloterdijk. Her book on migratory studies Líneas de fuga. Migración, frontera y sujeto migrante is forthcoming.