Mobility and the Nation: Skins, Machines and Complex Systems

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Publication Article, other scientific
Title Mobility and the Nation: Skins, Machines and Complex Systems
Author(s) Papastergiadis, Nikos
Date 2005
Editor(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
English abstract
This essay re-examines the public fears of invasion at the time of heightened anxiety over terrorist attacks and in light of the ongoing refugee crisis. It considers how discourses on the nation-state and mobility have been confi ned to an oppositional model. The twin pillars of micro-agency and macro-structuralism that have supported the prevailing sociological theories of migration present the nation-state as a bounded system. By identifying the fear of external agents and the ambivalence towards mobility, this essay traces a secret complicity between theories of migration and the preservation of the nation-state as a unified and exclusionary social system. The global flows and local affiliations of contemporary society are better grasped through complex systems theory, which transcends the oppositional logic of belonging and movement.
Publisher Malmö University, IMER
Host/Issue Willy Brandt Series of Working Papers in International Migration and Ethnic Relations;3/05
ISSN 1650-5743
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) mobility
nation state
body
machine
migration theory
complex systems
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/1862 (link to this page)

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