Mediated Bordering

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

Sabrina Ellebrecht

Transcript-Verlag

Mediated Bordering

Pub Date: January 2020

ISBN: 9783837647532

300 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $60.00

Mediated Bordering

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

Sabrina Ellebrecht

Transcript-Verlag

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 catalyze and craft a level of Europeanization that 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.”

About the Author

Sabrina Ellebrecht is a researcher at the Centre for Security and Society at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She specializes in the field of border studies, EU migration and border control policies, and critical security studies.