Lethal Borders and the Translocal Politics of ‘Ordinary People’

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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  • 1 University of Bern gerhild.perl@anthro.unibe.ch
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How are politics generated by grief actually lived, and how do they endure? By exploring long-term repercussions of Europe’s lethal borders, I show what shape shared grief takes in the minute encounters between ‘ordinary people’ across borders and how alternative politics are lived as a vivid critique of the moral economy of the EU border regime. Therefore, I explore intimate uncertainties that arise both in the confrontation with death and in the unexpected affection between strangers. The analysis of a single shipwreck in 2003 indicates the need for more ethnographically nuanced, historically informed and translocal approaches to death during migration in anthropology.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)


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