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Mediated Bordering

Eurosur, the Refugee Boat, and the Construction of an External EU Border

Sabrina Ellebrecht

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Sabrina Ellebrecht, Mediated Bordering (2020), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839447536

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Beschreibung / Abstract

The external border of the EU remains under permanent construction. Sabrina Ellebrecht engages with two of its primary building sites - the European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur) and the Refugee Boat. She analyzes how the function and quality of the EU's current political border is crafted, shaped, produced and eventually stabilized through these two mediators. Eurosur and the Refugee Boat mediate a level of Europeanization which has hitherto - and would otherwise have - been impossible. While Eurosur mobilizes the limits of border policing in various ways, the Refugee Boat functions as the vacillating European Other to legitimize both control and humanitarian interventions. The study shows the specific, if not constitutive, ambivalences of EU border policies, and explores the emergence of viapolitics.


Sabrina Ellebrecht is a Senior Researcher in Sociology at the Centre for Security and Society at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she currently leads the Mercator Foundation research group »The Police In An Open Society«. Her research interests lie in the fields of border and migration studies, political sociology, critical security studies, and police research. She was previously a visiting fellow at the DFG-Research Training Group »Topology of Technology« at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, and a visiting researcher the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.


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  • Cover
  • Table of content
  • Foreword
  • 1 Introduction
  • Mediated Bordering. Thinking and Researching Political Borders
  • 2 European Spaces – Schengen Borders?
  • 3 Thinking and Researching Political Borders
  • EUROSUR – The European Border Surveillance System
  • Part II: EUROSUR – The European BorderSurveillance System
  • 4 “EUROSUR on the Screen”
  • 5 EUROSUR on Paper – in the Official Journal of the EU
  • 6 EUROSUR: IT’s Mediation
  • The Refugee Boat – Vehicle, Moving Target, Integrating Figure of EU Bordering
  • Part III: The Refugee Boat – Vehicle, Moving Target, Integrating Figure of EU Bordering
  • 7 Site Inspection: On Boats and Ships, their Appropriation for Flight and Migration
  • 8 Seaborne Migration: Europe’s Boat Migrants and their Refugee Vessels
  • 9 Seaborne Bordering: Legal Negotiations on Boats and Boat Migrants in EU Border Policies
  • 10 The Emergence of Viapolitics
  • Bibliography

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