Internal frontiers, marked bodies and the experience of being out of place. International migration in the context of global capitalism's logic of exploitation and exclusion

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Abstract

Global capitalism's logic of discrimination, exploitation and exclusion can helpfully be illuminated by the concept of 'the frontier'. Frontiers are a necessary feature of migration and inevitably generate an "us" and a "them". The concept of an "internal frontier" carries this geopolitical boundary-making over into the everday experience of immigrants, experienced in their very bodily being. "Fortress Europe" constructs the immigrant as a threat; the result is the immigrant's experience of being marked out as ill-fitting, inappropriate and out of place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalAthenea Digital
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Bodies
  • Capitalism
  • Frontiers
  • Immigration

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