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Doing and undoing urban bordering: de-marcations, territorialisations, and resistance [Anthrostate] [Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network (ARE)] [UrbAn] 
Martin Lundsteen (University of Barcelona)
Cecilia Vergnano (KU Leuven)
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Daniel Monterescu (Central European University)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

In this panel, we explore urban bordering and the capacity to produce spaces of mobility and immobility, deterritorialisation and re-territorialisation, identification and criminalization, as well as the use of borders and boundaries to resist the dominant mobility and spatial regimes.

Long Abstract:

European liberal democracies are truly at a turning point. At a time when human mobility is ever-increasing many European countries still struggle with fully accepting migrants and other minorities. In this context, EU member states are introducing social policies and laws that police and reinforce social boundaries under the guise of maximising security, thereby undermining the idea of liberal democracy. Indeed, these social, political, and legal practices comprised in what social scientists have labelled bordering – i.e., measures taken to attain social order and gain legitimacy by demarcating categories of people to incorporate some and exclude others – form a worrying pattern with far-reaching consequences. Nonetheless, it remains understudied how this bordering works in and through urban space.

Consequently, this panel aims to explore the diversity of urban bordering in its capacity to produce spaces of mobility and immobility, of deterritorialisation and re-territorialisation, of identification and criminalization, as well as the ways in which people use borders and boundaries to resist, modify, mitigate or even dismantle the dominant mobility and spatial regimes. From the control, surveillance, and punishment of informal street economy practices and their relation to “citizen security”, to the campaigns of zero-tolerance, civility, or community embellishing policies, or residential segregation, gentrification, or forced social mix, this panel aims to bring together researchers who wish to share their research on the conditioning factors of mobility in the city, institutional violence anchored in the territory and, in general, how bordering is understood, narrated, monitored and managed regarding urban space

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -