Journal article

The invasion complex: The abject other and spaces of violence

Nikos Papastergiadis

GEOGRAFISKA ANNALER SERIES B-HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

This article examines how the image of the refugee has been defined through the fear of the other, and how the mechanisms of detention have transformed the conditions of belonging. I examine the contemporary geopolitical forces propelling the rise of a new authoritarianism, growing border anxieties and hostility towards refugees, and argue that these emerging shifts provoke an urgent need for a new conceptual framework to understand the dynamics of contemporary global flows and concepts of belonging. I introduce what I call the 'invasion complex', a new conceptual hybrid that draws upon elements of psychoanalytic theory and complex systems theory, and Giorgio Agamben's analysis of sovereignt..

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