This article explores the ways people targeted by restrictive migration and mobility policies in Algeria experience, interpret, and contest them. It focuses on the perspective of harragas, literally “those who burn” the borders. In the Maghrebi dialects, this is notably how people leaving without documentation are referred to. It reflects the fact that they do not respect the mandatory steps for legal departure. Also, they figuratively “burn” their papers to avoid deportation once in Europe. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork, this article outlines the complex and ambiguous attitudes toward the legal mobility regime of those it aims to exclude: compliance, deception, delegitimization, and defiance. It contributes to debates about human experiences of borders and inequality in mobility regimes. It helps deepen knowledge on why restrictive migration and mobility policies fail and are often counterproductive, encouraging the undocumented migration they were meant to deter.
Interpreting, Experiencing, and Contesting Visa Policies and the (Im)mobility Regime in Algeria
The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice
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about inherent values and meanings that encompass different attitudes of the logic of practice, such as deception, betrayal, play, and embodiment. Here I address some of the common assumptions made by anthropologists (e.g., Downey 2008 ; Lewis 1992
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, on the one hand, and reliance, on the other—Evans-Pritchard speculates about this contradiction: “Azande are aware of the deception practiced by their witch-doctors … As in many other of their customs, we find a mingling of common sense and mystical
serve their interests. As such, they deceive workers with false promises of higher wages and comfortable living and working conditions. The acts of deception that commonly characterize empreiteiros have earned them the pejorative yet generally used
Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker
Parliament, where it was suggested that the movement should be prosecuted for “offenses of deception under the Theft Act.” “You can’t go now,” said my husband. On the contrary, nothing would have stopped me from going now. In fact, the conference turned out
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Athenians resisted in Euripides’ Children of Heracles (l.257–258). Athens is praised for its refusal to give in to deception, by luring the children away from the protective sanctuary of Zeus, at the suggestion of the Argives, who wanted the suppliants