14 Jan 2016

Reading Ruben Andersson: Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe

CARG #02 – second session of the Contemporary Anthropology Reading Group

The second session of our reading group is dedicated to Ruben Andersson’s work on the “illegality industry” surrounding the business of bordering Europe.

Ruben Andersson. 2014. Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe, Berkeley: University of California Press

Description from University of California Press:

In this groundbreaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson, a gifted anthropologist and journalist, travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe’s increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target–the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the “illegal immigrants” themselves to the vast industry built around their movements. This fascinating and accessible book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of international migration and the changing texture of global culture.

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