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Making mobility rules. [SIEF Working Group on Migration and Mobility] 
Ignacio Fradejas-García (University of Iceland)
Noel B. Salazar (KU Leuven)
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Helena Pettersson (Umeå University)
Tuesday 22 June, 16:15-18:00 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to understand the rules that govern mobility and how mobility regulations and codes are resisted, transgressed, broken and remade in social power fields. In short, how are people navigating rules of mobility in practice?

Long Abstract

To play by the rules of (im)mobility means moving along habits and laws governed by social norms and institutional control. Our point of departure is that both social and institutional mobility rules abound, and are intertwined, but routinely disputed by individuals, groups and institutions. Power is the ability to make rules for others but also the capacity to govern, enforce, or break mobility rules.

At a formal level, mobility rules and practices of control operate through mobility regimes that regulate complex systems at multiple scales. At an informal level, individual and groups produce their own mobility rules that clash and mix with formal rules. Formal and informal rule players may benefit from the flexible interpretation of rules and the grey zones resulting from overregulation, overlap and lack/excess of control. Unwritten rules and hidden practices of mobility smoothen the path to shortcut regulations in productive ways.

This panel explores different forms of navigating mobility rules and their consequences: active rule breaking as survival strategy; infrapolitical practices of resistance; unexpected outcomes of migration and mobility policies; business of illegal mobility; living outside of state control and its institutions; living in between (and maybe exploiting) various regulation systems; external and intrastate exclusionary rules of mobility; (unwritten) rules towards children, women, old age, race and class mobilities; rules governing mobility documents; rules for welcoming cosmopolitans; absence of mobility rules; rules of access in and out of places; public shared rules and encounters with rule breakers; mobility rule breaking as a matter of identity; etc.

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