In this groundbreaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson, a gifted anthropologist and journalist, travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe's increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target--the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the "illegal immigrants" themselves to the vast industry built around their movements. This fascinating and accessible book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of international migration and the changing texture of global culture.
Ruben Andersson is Associate Professor at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Visit http://rubenandersson.com/ for more information.
List of illustrations Acknowledgments Timeline Author's Note Selected Abbreviations Introduction Scene 1 PART ONE. BORDERLANDS 1 Mohammadou and the Migrant-Eaters 2 A Game of Risk 3 Hunter and Prey PART TWO. CROSSINGS Scene 2 4 The Border Spectacle PART THREE. CONFRONTATIONS 5 White Mother, Black Sons Scene 3 6 Stranded in Time Scene 4 7 Marchers without Borders Conclusion Appendix: A Note on Method Notes Selected Glossary Bibliography Index