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Book:Borderlands : towards an anthropology of the cosmopolitan condition / Michel Agier ; translated by David Fernbach.:[2016] Book Borderlands : towards an anthropology of the cosmopolitan condition / Michel Agier ; translated by David Fernbach.
Borderlands : towards an anthropology of the cosmopolitan condition / Michel Agier ; translated by David Fernbach.
Author: Agier, Michel 1953-
Associated Name: Fernbach, David, translator.
Publication year: [2016]
Language: English
Call Number JZ1308 .A3813 2016
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ;Malden, MA : Polity Press
ISBN: 9780745696799 0745696791 9780745696805 0745696805
Notes:
Translated from the French.
Extent: ix, 186 pages ; 24 cm
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Description:
The images of migrants and refugees arriving in precarious boats on the shores of southern Europe, and of the makeshift camps that have sprung up in Lesbos, Lampedusa, Calais and elsewhere, have become familiar sights on television screens around the world. But what do we know about the border places--these liminal zones between countries and continents--that have become the focus of so much attention and anxiety today, and what do we know about the individuals who occupy these places? In this timely book, anthropologist Michel Agier addresses these questions and examines the character of the borderlands that emerge on the margins of nation-states. Drawing on his ethnographic fieldwork, he shows that borders, far from disappearing, have acquired a new kind of centrality in our societies, becoming reference points for the growing numbers of people who do not find a place in the countries they wish to reach. They have become the site for a new kind of subject, the border dweller, who is both 'inside' and 'outside', enclosed on the one hand and excluded on the other, and who is obliged to learn, under harsh conditions, the ways of the world and of other people. In this respect, the lives of migrants, even in the uncertainties or dangers of the borderlands, tell us something about the condition in which everyone is increasingly living today, a 'cosmopolitan condition' in which the experience of the unfamiliar is more common and the relation between self and other is in constant renewal.
Introduction: The migrant, the border and the world -- Part I. Decentring the world. The elementary forms of the border -- The world as "problem" -- Border dwellers and borderlands: studies of banal cosmopolitism -- Part II. The decentred subject. Questions of method: decentring reconsidered today -- Civilization, culture, race: three explorations in identity -- Logics and politics of the subject -- Conclusion: Towards an anthropology of the cosmopolitan condition.

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