Genealogies of autonomous mobility

Authored by: Martina Martignoni , Dimitris Papadopoulos

Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415519724
eBook ISBN: 9780203102015
Adobe ISBN: 9781136237966


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Approaching mobility from an autonomous point of view requires shifting our perspective from the order of instituted control to the primacy of migrants’ movements, that is to read the formation of sovereignty through mobility, rather than the other way round. An autonomous perspective on mobility attempts to see migration not simply as a response to political and economic pressures but as a constituent force in the making of polity and social life (Karakayali and Tsianos, 2005; Mezzadra, 2006, 2010; Papadopoulos et al. 2008; Papadopoulos and Tsianos, 2013; Rodriguez, 1996). Yann Moulier Boutang has offered an impressive account of this movement historically (Moulier Boutang, 1998). The autonomy of migration approach foregrounds that migration is not primarily a movement that is defined and acts by making claims to instituted power. It rather means that migrant mobility itself becomes a political movement and a social movement that subsequently forces constituted power to reorganize itself.

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