Beyond deportation: Researching the control of outward mobility using a space of flows logic

Leanne Weber, Sigmund Book Mohn, Francesco Vecchio, Andriani Fili

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Manuel Castells (1996) famously argued that human processes are increasingly operating according to the logic of flows and it has now become commonplace to analyse movements of people, information and commodities in terms of flows. However, scholars have been slow to capture the dynamics of border enforcementpractices in these terms. In this article, we argue that ‘deportation’ can best be understood, not as a discrete practice that is unidirectional, territorial and whollycontrolled by individual states, but as a range of diverse practices used by states (and sometimes undermined by other parties) to try to control the circulation of people within a dynamic supra-national space. By focusing on ‘mobility control continuums’operating in selected countries at the peripheries of Europe, we capture the dynamics of state intervention in trans-border flows and thereby contribute towards developing concepts and methodologies for the criminological study of border controls that are‘sensitive to the complexities of the global’ (Aas 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalGlobal Networks: a Journal of Transnational Affairs
Issue number1
Early online date06 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


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