Atmospheric border politics: The morphology of migrationand solidarity practices in Europe. By H. DIJSTELBLOEM & W. WALTERS

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Atmospheric border politics: The morphology of migrationand solidarity practices in Europe. By H. DIJSTELBLOEM & W. WALTERS
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Cite as: Dijstelbloem H. & W. Walters, 2019, " Atmospheric border politics: The morphology of migration and solidarity practices in Europe", Geopolitics, DOI:10.1080/14650045.2019.1577826

Abstract

This paper seeks to expand recent interest in the materialpractices, policy techniques and technopolitics of borders,migration and solidarity initiatives in Europe by connectingthis debate to Sloterdijk's spherological philosophy. With histhematization of enclosures, atmospheres, foams and life sup-port Sloterdijk helps us to give a more morphological accountof borders. We illustrate the benefits of this move by reflectingon the recent questions of hostile environment and the crim-inalization of migrant solidarity practices and movements. Thepaper also highlights certain limitations in Sloterdijk’s thoughts, which appear when it is brought into migrationresearch. Arguing that Sloterdijk remains somewhat sedantaristin his approach to atmosphere we introduce a concept of theenvelope as a way to foster a more dynamic, agonistic andmobilityfocused conception of enclosure.

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