Necropolitics: Border

Alonso, A. & Nienass, B. 2016

‘Deaths, visibility and responsibility: the politics of mourning at the US-Mexico border’, Social Research: An International Quarterly, 83:2, 421-51.

Bieberstein, A. & Evran, E. 2016

‘From aggressive humanism to improper mourning: burying the victims of Europe’s border regime in Berlin’, social research, 83:2, 453-479

De León, J. 2015

The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Kovras, I. & Robins, S. 2016

‘Death as border: managing missing migrants and unidentified bodies at the EU’s Mediterranean frontier’, Political Geography, 55: 40-49.

Lestage, F. 2018

‘La circulation facilité des migrants défunts. Réflexions à partir de la frontière mexico-étatsunione’, Diversité Urbaine, 18, 67-85.

Squire, V. 2016

‘Governing migration through death in Europe and the US: identification, burial and the crisis of modern humanism’, European Journal of International Relations, 23:3, 513-32.

Stauffacher, D. & Maddrell, A. 2023

‘Managing migrant border deaths in southern Italy: medico-legal, ritual and burial practices’, in A. Maddrell, S. Kmec, T. Uteng, & M. Westendorp, (eds) Mobilities in Life and Death: Negotiating Room for Migrants and Minorities in European Cemeteries, Springer, 65-83.

Stierl, M. 2016

‘Contestation in death – the role of grief in migration struggles’, Citizenship Studies, 20:2, 173-191.

Stoessle, P. & Rodriguez-Maroun, A. 2018

‘L’experience du deuil chez les migrants centraméricans en transit au Mexico’, Diversité Urbain, 18, 105-127.


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