Illegal migrants who evade detection, creators of value in insecure and precarious working conditions and those who refuse the constraints of sexual and biomedical classifications: these are the people who manage to subvert power and to craft unexpected sociabilities and experiences. Escape Routes shows how people can escape control and create social change by becoming imperceptible to the political system of Global North Atlantic societies.
'A profound and brilliant examination of the power of exodus to create radical interventions in perhaps the three most important and contested fields of society today: life, migration and precarious labour. It is in these fields that the present and future of multitude is at stake. Escape Routes is a toolbox in the hands of multitude.'
Antonio Negri, author of Insurgencies and co-author of Empire and Multitude
Dimitris Papadopoulos is Reader in Sociology and Organisation at the University of Leicester, UK. He is co-editor of the journal Subjectivity and co-author of Escape Routes (Pluto, 2008). Niamh Stephenson is Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of South Wales, Sydney. She is the co-author of Escape Routes (Pluto, 2008) and Analysing Everyday Experience: Social Research and Political Change (2006). Vassilis Tsianos is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He is co-author of Escape Routes (Pluto, 2008) and co-editor of Empire and the Biopolitical Turn (2007) and Turbulent Margins: New Perspectives of Migration in Europe (2007).
Acknowledgements List of figures Prologue I THE POLITICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE PRESENT 1. Sovereignty and control reconsidered 2. Escape! II A CONTEMPORARY ITINERARY OF ESCAPE 3. Life and experience 4. Mobility and migration 5. Labour and precarity References Index