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Politics of movement

This book brings together a number of contributions that look into the political regulation of movement and analyses that engage the material enablers of and constraints on such movement. It attempts to bridge theoretical perspectives from critical security studies and political geography in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on security and mobility. In this vein, the book brings together approaches to mobility that take into account both techniques and practices of regulating movement, as well as their underlying infrastructures. Together the contributions inquire into a politics of movement that lies at the core of the production of security. Drawing on the insight that security is a contingent concept that hinges on the social construction of threat – which in turn must be understood through its political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions – the contributors offer fine-grained perspectives on a presumably mobile and insecure world. The title of the book, Security/Mobility, is a direct reference to this world that at times appears dominated by these two paradigms. As is shown throughout the book, rather than being opposed to each other, a great deal of political effort is undertaken in order to reconcile the need for security and the necessity of mobility. Running through the book is the view that security and mobility are entangled in a constant dynamic – a dynamic that converges in what is conceptualised here as a politics of movement.

An interview with Axel Karlsson Rixon
Bénédicte Miyamoto and Marie Ruiz

  (Memorable Mobility)? Axel Karlsson Rixon: I would like to start with a brief description of the installation at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen. The installation was set in a special project room integrated with the rest of the museum, the dimensions are 10 × 4 metre with very high ceiling and dark grey walls (see Figure 4.1 ). The entrance is at one of the ends, and on the other side I placed a large grid with 35 photographs of shoes laying on the ground. The grid was lit up with spotlights, otherwise the room had no light more than the small lightboxes of ocean

in Art and migration
Polish migration to Ireland post-2004

This book examines Polish migration to Ireland in the context of ‘new mobilities in Europe’. It includes detailed accounts of the working lives of a group of mainly skilled Polish migrants in Dublin. They were interviewed at regular intervals as part of a Qualitative Panel Study. Through this novel methodology, their careers and aspirations were traced as Ireland moved from ‘boom to bust’. What the research documents is a new experience of mobility which, it is suggested, is indicative of a broader trend in Europe. As ‘free movers’, Polish migrants were more mobile across countries and within national labour markets. Ireland’s ‘goldrush’ labour market created a seemingly endless demand for new labour. To understand how Irish firms utilized the new migrant workforce, the book also draws on interviews with employers. It thus locates the actions of both sides of the employment relationship in the particular socio-economic context in Ireland post-2004.

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An introduction
David Lambert and Peter Merriman

: the Hong Kong opium den full of ‘emaciated, stupefied wretches’ in which Fogg’s manservant Passepartout is drugged is an Orientalist set-piece, while the attack as the party travel on the Union Pacific Railroad by a band of Sioux warriors, who ‘swarmed’ onto the train like ‘enraged monkeys’, evokes commonplace Western ideas about race in the late nineteenth century. 5 Moreover, the specific mobilities and immobilities that Fogg and his companions encounter, including the drugged Mrs Aouda upon the funeral pyre, the befuddled opium addicts in Hong Kong and the agile

in Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century
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Vagrancy and imperial legality in the trans-Tasman colonial world, 1860s–1914
Catharine Coleborne

This chapter adds to our understanding of ‘New Zealand’s empire’ in two ways: first, by suggesting that by the 1860s, New Zealand was forging a legal culture of its own inside an existing imperial world of law and legality; and second, by offering a new focus on the legal regulation of colonial mobility. Mobility has been explored by

in New Zealand’s empire
Lessons for critical security studies?
Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet

S INCE THE BEGINNING of the twenty-first century, across the social sciences and humanities there has been a widespread and increasing interest in issues of mobility. In many respects, what is referred to as the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ is an endeavour that critical security scholars should engage with even further. This book is one step down this road. In further pursuit

in Security/ Mobility
Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, James Wickham, Alicja Bobek, and Justyna Salamońska

1 New mobilities in Europe today Since EU enlargement in 2004, tens of thousands of mainly young NMS citizens have ‘gone West’. Arguably, these large-scale movements have transformed the European migration landscape. The often lamented ‘immobile European’ appears to be a thing of the past. What are the particular features of this migration? In this chapter, we develop the conceptual argument of the book. We argue that NMS migration is above all characterised by new mobility patterns which are indicative of a broader trend across Europe. These new mobilities are

in New mobilities in Europe
Studying mobility scooters in a context of spatial mobility injustice
Thomas Birtchnell, Theresa Harada, and Gordon Waitt

Introduction In this chapter, we consider mobile methods for studying a mundane transport phenomenon. We argue that a focus on the spatial dimensions of the electric mobility scooter – an assistive technology for people with physical mobility impairments and the elderly – offers a key optic in relation to the practicalities of mobile methodologies at large, and more broadly ideas of safe and sustainable transport that are the norm in the global North. Mobile methods, through drawing researchers into a performative mode of inquiry, offer a rich

in Mundane Methods
On the road with a colonial meteorologist
Martin Mahony

During the period immediately following the First World War the spatial reach of the British Empire was growing, as former German colonies and new mandates and protectorates were brought into the imperial fold. For many of those observing the shifting map of colonial geographies, great hope rested on the ability of new aeroplanes and airships to significantly shrink imperial space. By radically cutting travel times between the metropole and distant colonies and dominions, new technologies of aerial mobility were hoped to tie together an empire which, although

in Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century
The 1940s to the 1960s
A. James Hammerton

1 Postwar pioneers of modern mobility: the 1940s to the 1960s The postwar generation of British emigrants, more than two million of them from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s, constituted one of the largest mass migrations in the country’s history. In some ways this was an unprecedented episode which marked a change in the long history of British migration. The intensity of demand from most receiving countries for urban industrial workers, rather than the old agricultural preferences, brought huge outflows of the skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled from British

in Migrants of the British diaspora since the 1960S