Accepted Paper:

A global perspective on displacements, dispossessions and violence  


Bela Feldman-Bianco (University of Campinas)

Paper long abstract:

In this paper, I argue for a global perspective on migration and displacements in the current global conjuncture of capital accumulation, whether considering transnational migration, political and environmental refugee seekers; human trafficking; the removal of populations or territories due to real estate interests; or assassinations and militarization in urban peripheries. As multicultural ideologies, a "human rights" rhetoric and humanitarianism prevail, there has been the creation of technocratic government policies of securitization, criminalization and dehumanization of poverty. While Sassen´s notion of “expulsions” and Harvey´s “accumulation by dispossession” concept are valuable tools for the understanding of the movements of capital, the displacement paradigm aims at uncovering the interstices of domination and power, and the production of inequalities inherent to the restructuring of global political economy. The idea is to investigate how mobilities and imobilities of many types are related to the production of domination, dispossession and violence in everyday life, as well as the subjectivities and social mobilizations of different protagonists against these types of violence and domination.

Panel Plenary A
Anthropological knowledge production and the narratives, regimes and governance of mobility