Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
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Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration

Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri

Border walls, shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, separated families at the border, island detention camps: migration is at the centre of contemporary political and academic debates. This ground-breaking Handbook offers an exciting and original analysis of critical research on themes such as these, drawing on cutting-edge theories from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars. With a focus on spatial analysis and geographical context, this volume highlights a range of theoretical, methodological and regional approaches to migration research, while remaining attuned to the underlying politics that bring critical scholars together.
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Chapter 14: Military-humanitarianism

Glenda Garelli and Martina Tazzioli


This chapter accounts for the geographies of military-humanitarianism: the spaces through which it operates and, in turn, changes; and the spatial transformations it has undergone in the Mediterranean ‘of’ migrants. Building on the analysis of two recent Mediterranean scenes – the criminalization of acts of solidarity through military-humanitarianism and the European Union warfare against migrant smuggling networks – the authors study military-humanitarianism as a spatial process, where neither the ‘military’ nor the ‘humanitarian’ predicaments of this mode of intervention are taken at face value. The chapter develops an approach to the study of military-humanitarianism as a flexible technology for migration control. The authors conclude by sketching a critical geography research agenda on military-humanitarianism that would take into account the different forms of capitalisation over migrants that are at stake in the humanitarian and military government of refugees.

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