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 31: Counter-mapping, refugees and asylum borders

Martina Tazzioli and Glenda Garelli


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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