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Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

Two important themes highlighted by Regions & Cohesion have been migration and governance. The first of these themes remains timely in 2019. Human flows are a constant in the globalized world. According to Article 13 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.” Moreover, “everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” However, migration policies today seem to follow a diff erent path from the human rights perspective. The political discourse of leaders of various developed states mostly advocate nationalist claims against free immigration based on economic, cultural, or security logics that favor protectionism.

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From Ecuador to Elsewhere

The (Re)Configuration of a Transit Country

Soledad Álvarez Velasco


Unlike other transit countries, Ecuador's position as a transit country has just begun to be publicly addressed, having been more of a strategic public secret than a topic of public interest. Based on 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2015 and 2016, this article discusses the dynamics of the (re)configuration of Ecuador as a transit country used by both immigrants and Ecuadorean deportees mainly from the United States to reach other destinations. It argues that this process should be interpreted in light of a series of historical and political elements in tension. The article suggests that the subtle presence of the United States’ externalized border, together with national political inconsistencies, have a repressive as well as a productive effect, which has functioned to produce a systemic form of selective control of transit mobility.

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Listening with Displacement

Sound, Citizenship, and Disruptive Representations of Migration

Tom Western

debates about Europeanness and freedom of movement. Sound offers ways of democratizing theories and representations of displacement. This article puts sound at the center of migration, hearing how political subjectivities are made through sonic practices

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Bob Deacon, Lorenzo Fioramonti, and Sonja Nita

In many respects, Europe and Africa (particularly Southern Africa) represent two opposing examples in the study of intra-regional migration and social cohesion. The European Union (EU) has been a global pioneer in allowing freedom of movement and portability of social rights across member states. A centerpiece of the EU integration process has been the progressive establishment of a common market, in which goods, services, capital, and people can move freely. With regard to the latter, the concept of free movement originally only targeted the economically active population (in other words, the free movement of workers) but was gradually extended by Treaty amendments to all citizens of the EU. This extension was further strengthened by the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, which introduced the concept of citizenship in the European Union thereby establishing the fundamental and personal right to move and reside freely within the EU.

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Mobilizing a “Spiritual Geography”

The Art and Child Artists of the Carrolup Native School and Settlement, Western Australia

Ellen Percy Kraly and Ezzard Flowers

eras of Noongar tradition—corroborees, the hunt for seemingly abundant game, and freedom of movement through the bush—are also depicted in the drawings. Recurring roads and fences stretching Figure 2 Anonymous, The Fenced Road , ca. 1949. Pastel on

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Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rod Clare

, the BLM movement is linked to the Constitution, for both have at their core the idea “to form a more perfect union.” This ideal, encompassing issues of life, liberty, and freedom of movement, is as radical and patriotic as the symbolism of what it

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David Owen

apparatus of governance is, in principle, compatible with such a world. A human right to freedom of movement is not an unconditional right and it is easy enough to see how data-driven biometric profiles of those seeking to move could become a central part of

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Tschüss, Perfidious Albion

German Reactions to Brexit

Eric Langenbacher

together.’” 19 The first and most important German policy goal is to maintain the European Union’s common market, freedom of movement, and currency union. Officially, the Germans are in agreement with European actors that the eu cannot be too

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A Timeless Measure of Who We Are?

Elena Isayev

elaboration of the “co-constituted problems of the state and its putative sovereignty, on the one hand, and that elementary precondition of human freedom, which is the freedom of movement” ( De Genova 2010: 39 ). The contradictions, inherent within an

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The Dialectics of Displacement and Emplacement

Henrik Vigh and Jesper Bjarnesen

affluent one is, or so the argument goes, the more freedom of movement life affords. While this may, on a global scale, provide an entry point for the study of mobility practices ( Appadurai 1996 ; Bauman 1998 ; Hannerz 1996 ), the central question is, of