BOOK REVIEW: Vernacular Border Security: Citizens’ Narratives of Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’

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Abstract

After the waters of the Mediterranean Sea washed the dead body of Alan Kurdi ashore in 2015, issues of migration, border security, and European Union (EU) migration policy gained more widespread interest. Although many scholars deal with the issue from different angles by focusing on the roles of different ‘agents’ and their roles in the politics of the EU’s 2015 ‘migration crisis’, Vernacular Border Security: Citizens’ Narratives of Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’ argues that there is no comprehensive study analyzing the EU citizens itself (p. 4). Problematizing the passive recipient role given to the EU citizens, Nick Vaughan-Williams critically intervenes, problematizing contemporary scholarship’s “propensity to speak for, rather than to (or, perhaps better, with) ‘ordinary people’…”.

Keywords

Migration, Border Security, Vernacular Narratives

Citation

Muhammed Onur Çöpoğlu, “Nick Vaughan-Williams, Vernacular Border Security: Citizens’ Narratives of Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’ (Oxford University Press, 2021)”, Uluslararasi Iliskiler, Advanced Online Publication, 22 June 2023, pp. 1-3.

Affiliations

  • Muhammed Onur Çöpoğlu, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
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