Maurizio Albahari's Crimes of peace : Mediterranean migrations at the world's PDF

By Maurizio Albahari

ISBN-10: 0812247477

ISBN-13: 9780812247473

Among the world's hotly contested, obsessively managed, and infrequently risky borders, none is deadlier than the Mediterranean Sea. considering that 2000, not less than 25,000 humans have misplaced their lives trying to achieve Italy and the remainder of Europe, so much through drowning within the Mediterranean. each day, unauthorized migrants and refugees certain for Europe placed their lives within the fingers of maritime smugglers, whereas fishermen, diplomats, monks, bureaucrats, militia sailors, and hesitant bystanders waver among indifference and intervention—with harrowing results.

In Crimes of Peace, Maurizio Albahari investigates why the Mediterranean Sea is the world's deadliest border, and what choices may well increase this scenario. He additionally examines the dismal stipulations of migrants in transit and the institutional framework during which they circulate or are bodily constrained. Drawing on his intimate wisdom of locations, humans, and ecu politics, Albahari vitamins fieldwork in coastal southern Italy and neighboring Mediterranean locales with a meticulous documentary research, reworking summary records into names and narratives that position the accountability for the Mediterranean migration obstacle within the very center of liberal democracy. worldwide fault strains are scrutinized: among Europe, Africa, and the center East; army and humanitarian governance; detention and hospitality; transnational crime and statecraft; the common legislations of the ocean and the thresholds of a globalized but parochial global. Crimes of Peace illuminates an important questions of sovereignty and rights: for migrants attempting to input Europe alongside the Mediterranean shore, the solutions are an issue of lifestyles or death.

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But there is no system in place to distribute food and water to people who have been on the boat for more than twenty-four hours. There is a cacophony of sirens, surgical masks, gloves, stretchers, batons, and tear gas. Police agents work shifts of thirty-six hours. Local residents bring milk and coffee thermoses, water bottles, and pots of food. Some Albanian youth manage to find refuge in nearby shops, some of them only to be reported to the police. Others are given a ride—a local resident skillfully loses the police patrol following him.

It relates to reterritorialization and to ‘‘nongeographic border capabilities operating both transnationally and subnationally’’ (Sassen 2006:417). Additionally, understanding my site as liquid is instrumental to a social inquiry that sticks to a ‘‘flat’’ social domain (Latour 2005:170). This is fundamental. For sticking to a flat social domain allows analysts to avoid the unwarranted ‘‘scaling’’ noted above, especially when the focus of analysis comprises both Mediterranean depths and the moral high grounds of European sovereign aspirations.

My concern, then, is not only to map the ‘‘meanings’’ of information, documents and discourses under scrutiny but also to understand the cultural and material work they do in producing (or challenging) larger ideologies and categories of people. As an Italian citizen, as a fieldworker, and as an anthropologist who has produced op-ed columns and media discourse about migration, I also appear among the makers of the informational maze. 76 I might attend the same conferences, write in the same venues, sail in the same vessels, and work in the same ports as the people in these pages.

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