Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri
This chapter mobilizes a counter-mapping approach with respect to the normative geographies of the asylum system building on some examples of how refugees have been governed in the Mediterranean region in the past few years. It explores firstly what ‘counter’ means in the context of a critical cartography of migration, and unpacks the main theoretical and political tenets such a methodological perspective mobilizes against. The author’s take on counter-mapping relies on what they call a reflexive cartography, that is, an analysis that does not consist only in a cartographic practice, but that, rather, interrogates the predicaments and the implications of mapping migration. The authors also refer to cartographic experimentations that trouble the spatial and temporal fixes of a state-based gaze on migration. In sum, counter-mapping as a method and counter-mapping as a cartographic experimentation intertwine as part of the authors’ critical account of the visualizations of migration and refugee issues.
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