Bordering on reproducing the state: migrant solidarity collectives and constructions of the other in ‘safer spaces’

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Abstract

Within Transnational migrant solidarity projects, activists have embraced a variety of concepts, including safer spaces, community accountability and grassroots justice, in an attempt to negate brutal, racialised notions of state sanctioned security practices, where ‘protection’ is guaranteed through tighter border controls and the consolidation of the prison-industrial complex.
In this chapter, I will use the word ‘safety’ to refer to the affective notion of feeling care, (explained further below), that I think is necessary and desirable for human sociality. On the other hand, I use the word ‘security’ for the institutional and state-sanctioned responses to feelings of being unsafe, that I think perpetuate the process of ‘Othering’ in both the mainstream discourse about migrants post September 11th, and also (problematically) in the anti-racist activist collectives in which I participate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent
EditorsStuart Price, Ruth Sanz Sabido
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
Chapter10
Pages171-189
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781783481774
ISBN (Print)9781783481767, 9781783481750
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014

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