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“My Visa Application Was Denied, I Decided to Go Anyway”

Interpreting, Experiencing, and Contesting Visa Policies and the (Im)mobility Regime in Algeria

Farida Souiah

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.

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Peter Merriman

Peter Merriman and Lynne Pearce, “Mobility and the Humanities,” Mobilities 12, no. 4 (2017): 493–508; Susanne Witzgall, Gerlinde Vogl, and Sven Kesselring, eds., New Mobilities Regimes in Art and Social Sciences (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013). vi

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Judith A. Nicholson and Mimi Sheller

systems in the United States originate in the system of slavery and its coercive and violent controls over black mobility. 23 But modern unequal mobility regimes are also grounded in the reactions against the abolition of slavery and the backlash against

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Dangerous Mobilities

Mimi Sheller

research on subaltern mobilities as possible sites of subversive movement and resistance against dominant mobility regimes, such as Jacob Shell’s innovative history Transportation and Revolt , 3 there is far more work to be done on minor mobilities

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Departheid

The Draconian Governance of Illegalized Migrants in Western States

Barak Kalir

of departure postulates that Western states intentionally implement a racialized mobility regime that is in line with past colonial configurations. From this alternative point of departure, we can evaluate, for example, the deaths of migrants and

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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

the social world. Most MLP analyses conceive of a mobility regime dominated by the private car. This is then summarized in pictures that position the “technological” artifact of the car in the center with its specs and standards, flanked by a set of

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Michael K. Bess, David Lipset, Kudzai Matereke, Stève Bernardin, Katharine Bartsch, Harry Oosterhuis, Samuel Müller, Frank Schipper, Benjamin D’Harlingue, and Katherine Roeder

automatization to deprivatize the car. Driverless cars could contribute to sustainable mobility only in combination with the cautious implementation of an alternative mobility regime that does not simply takes the promises of technology for granted. “Rebound

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From the Auto-mobile to the Driven Subject?

Discursive Assertions of Mobility Futures

Katharina Manderscheid

the Future,” https://www.postauto.ch/de/smartshuttle (accessed 30 November 2017). 82 Fraedrich et al., “Transition Pathways to Fully Automated Driving,” 7. 83 Cf. Katharina Manderscheid, “The Movement Problem, the Car and Future Mobility Regimes