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Security at the Borders
Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa

  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108455213


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  • Borders are not just lines in the sand, but increasingly globalised spaces of practice. This is the case in West Africa, where a growing range of local and international officials are brought together by ambitious security projects around common anxieties. These projects include efforts to stop irregular migration by sea through international police cooperation, reinforcing infrastructures at border posts, and the application of new digital identification tools to identify and track increasingly mobile citizens. These interventions are driven by global and local security agendas, by biometric passport rules as much as competition between local security agencies. This book draws on the author's multi-sited ethnography in Mauritania and Senegal, showing how border security practices and technologies operate to build state security capacity, transform how state agencies work, and produce new forms of authority and expertise.

    • Proposes a view of borders as 'socio-technical'
    • Highlights the role of knowledge and 'security culture' to help readers identify the extent of Western versus local agency in border security
    • Emphasises the role of capacity-building and state transformation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108455213
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I:
    2. Borderwork assemblages
    3. Security knowledge and the politics of intervention
    Part II:
    4. From migration crisis to cooperación
    5. Border infrastructures and statebuilding in Mauritania
    6. Biometric borderwork
    7. Conclusion

  • Author

    Philippe M. Frowd, University of Ottawa
    Philippe M. Frowd is Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His primary research interest is in the transnational governance of security in West Africa's Sahel region, with an emphasis on interventions around irregular migration and border control. His research draws on ongoing fieldwork in West Africa, with his current work focusing on transit migration in Niger. Dr Frowd is a past winner of the Northedge Prize (2013) and his writing has appeared in Security Dialogue, Millennium, International Political Sociology, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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