Reframing regimes of mobility: narratives and counter-narratives of migration in Europe

Scuzzarello, Sarah and Kinnvall, Catarina (2013) Reframing regimes of mobility: narratives and counter-narratives of migration in Europe. Mobilities, 8 (1). pp. 90-106. ISSN 1745-0101

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Abstract

This article examines the continued significance of borders and boundary constructions in the allegedly ‘borderless Europe’. It analyses the events in 2011 that led to the temporary closure of borders in France and in Denmark, and aims to show how some European nation-states attempted to reclaim their power of border control by tweaking the Schengen agreement. We argue that these events are not only examples of how countries manage the inflow and outflow of people. By closing or restricting their physical borders, both countries were also trying to reinstate narrative identity boundaries around the French and the Danish people. We advocate that physical borders find legitimacy in boundaries, i.e. narratives that conceptually separate groups and territories, and illustrate this through an analysis of local media in the countries involved.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 10:14
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 10:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66848
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