No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance.

Author:Ellison, James
Position:Book review

Natasha King, No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance

London: Zed Books, 2016; 208pp; ISBN 9781783604678

No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance cleverly weaves together interviews, personal testimony, and radical theory to offer a bold narrative of freedom of movement struggles in Europe. At the crossroads between theory and practice, Natasha King has intuitively taken her years of organising and codified them into a study of no borders politics. No Borders shows how the struggle to abolish borders does not just affect those who choose to cross them without permission, but also concerns everyone who benefits from free movement and believes in a society where all should be at liberty to move or to stay. Like a proposed prison break, the argument in No Borders does not dwell on the fact that some people are denied freedom while others are not. While it critically reflects on different levels of liberty within freedom of movement struggles, rather than locking the argument into a dichotomy between those with papers and those without, No Borders proposes that together, we use what freedom we do have to liberate society from the hierarchy of borders. Offering a detailed guide to freedom of movement struggles, the book brings together theoretical references and ethnographic material taken from two sites: Calais, France and Athens, Greece. As the situation in both of these border zones is unstable and ever-changing, No Borders avoids becoming obsolete by incorporating recent developments, while also reflecting upon the author's previous experiences. It provides insights into different networks organising within each context, exploring how no borders politics is apparent across a spectrum of individuals and collectives involved in freedom of movement struggles. The book also combines the study of specific border contexts with critical debate...

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