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The Violence of Humanitarian Design
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. (Engaging Vulnerability)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8934-988X
2018 (English)In: The Design Philosophy Reader / [ed] Anne-Marie Willis, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, p. 120-127Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

War, conflict, economic and environmental pressures are prompting mass movements of people from the Global South to Europe, USA and even far-distant Australia. This is being met with increasing efforts to contain, control and exclude them. Borders are sought to be secured by a variety of spatial and non-spatial practices that create virtual borders that are no less real in their effects -thus we can speak of borderwork, bordering and passporting, which Mahmoud Keshavarz does in an extensive study on 'Design-Politics' from which the following is extracted. The focus here is on the problematic role of humanitarian design in the exclusionary and frequently violent borderwork that is re-creating the Mediterranean Sea as European space. A design proposal for a 'life saving' line of buoys is given particular critical attention.

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. p. 120-127
Keywords [en]
humanitarian design, violence, irregular migration, the Mediterranean Sea, refugees, borders, development studies
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Design Globalisation Studies Cultural Studies Social Anthropology International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376604ISBN: 9780857853509 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-376604DiVA, id: diva2:1286564
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved

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