After the red passport: Towards an anthropology of the everyday geopolitics of entrapment in the EU's 'immediate outside'

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Abstract

Suggesting building bricks for an anthropology of everyday geopolitics, this text analyses affective engagements with regulation, here of cross-border mobility. Following the logic of the regulation that constitutes them, I conceptualize zones of humiliating entrapment through documentary requirements - experienced by citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia - as the EU's shrinking 'immediate outside'. Using ethnography, I embed bodily experiences in visa queues in people's engagements with changing Eurocentric spatiotemporal rankings, refracting this entrapment against the privileges of certain foreigners (such as me) and against their own remembered mobility with the 'red' Yugoslav passport. I propose that complementing the dominant focus on the role of (national) identity politics in geopolitical affect with one on regulation and ranking is a central task for a critical anthropology of everyday geopolitics in peripheries. © Royal Anthropological Institute 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-832
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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