Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration

Trust and Emancipation in Europe

By Ali Bilgic

© 2013 – Routledge

214 pages

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pub: 2013-03-11
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About the Book

Migration and especially irregular migration are politically sensitive and highly debated issues in the developed world, particularly in Europe. This book analyses irregular protection-seeking migration in Europe, with close attention to sub-Saharan migration into the EU, from the perspective of emancipatory security theory.

Some individuals leave their countries because political, social, and economic structures largely fail to provide protection. This book examines how communities respond to migrants who seek protection and security, where migration is perceived as a source of insecurity by many in that community. The central aim of this critical analysis is to explore ideas and practices which can contribute to replacing the political structures of insecurity with emancipatory structures, where individuals (both irregular migrants and members of the receiving communities) enjoy security together, not opposed to each other. Drawing on the security dilemma, critical approaches to security, forced migration and trust, the book demonstrates how common life between two groups of individuals can be politically constructed, in tandem with limitations, risks, and possible handicaps of initiating such a construction in world politics.

Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration will be of interest to students and scholars of migration studies, security studies, international relations, European politics and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction ‘What Were We Meant To Do? Let Them Drown?’: Rethinking Security as Emancipation in the Age Of Migration 1. Irregular Migration as a Common Insecurity 2. A Crisis of Contemporary Forced Migration: Protection-Seeking and Its Irregularization 3. The New Security Dilemma 4. Trust-Learning and Emancipatory Security 5. Europe's Migration Security Dilemma 6. Fatalist Choice: Keep them out! 7. Transcender Choice: Learning Trust for Emancipation Conclusion ‘What exists is possible?’: Rethinking Security for Common Life in the Age of Migration

About the Author

Ali Bilgic is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

About the Series

Routledge Research on the Global Politics of Migration

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General