Handbook on Human Security, Borders and Migration
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Handbook on Human Security, Borders and Migration

Edited by Natalia Ribas-Mateos and Timothy J. Dunn

Drawing on the concept of the ‘politics of compassion’, this Handbook interrogates the political, geopolitical, social and anthropological processes which produce and govern borders and give rise to contemporary border violence.
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Chapter 24: African women on the road to Europe: violence and resilience in border zones

Kristin Kastner

Abstract

Part 5 focuses especially on youth and gender as title tells.First with the chapter by Kastner, whoexamines a harsh reality through a bodily migrant´s experience of borders making clear empirically the asymmetrical and dynamic relationship between social structure and human agency, in this case the social structures impacting migrant women and the human agency of vulnerable, highly disadvantaged African undocumented / unauthorized migrants to Europe (the Western route to Spain). Sheoffers us rich tools on border ethnography, where the body plays a crucial and ambivalent role as both an object of violence and a means of protection and capital.

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