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In: Politics of Precarity
Historicizing Mobility, Labor and Confinement
Responding to the deteriorating situation of migrants today and the complex assemblages of the geographies they navigate, Coercive Geographies examines historical and contemporary forms of coercion and constraint exercised by a wide range of actors in diverse settings. It links the question of spatial confines to that of labor. This fraught nexus of mobility and work seems self-evidently relevant to explore. Coercive Geographies is our attempt to bring together space, precarity, labor coercion and mobility in an analytical lens. Precarity emerges in particular geographical and historical contexts, which are decisive for how it is shaped. The book analyzes coercive geographies as localized and spatialized intersections between labor regulations and migration policies, which become detrimental to existing mobility frameworks.

Contributors include: Irina Aguiari, Abdulkadir Osman Farah, Leandros Fischer, Konstantinos Floros, Johan Heinsen, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Martin Ottovay Jørgensen, Apostolos Kapsalis, Karin Krifors, Sven Van Melkebeke, Susi Meret, and Vasileios Spyridon Vlassis.
In: Coercive Geographies
In: Politics of Precarity
In: Politics of Precarity

Religion is an important part of everyday life for millions of people around the world, many of whom are engaged in conflict. The employment of religion in conflict has led to the general perception in the West that religion and conflict is a dangerous cocktail. The September 11th incident in the United States only served to strengthen this perception and Samuel Huntington’s thesis on the ‘clash of civilisations’ added to the idea of religions’ inalienability across the globe. This chapter contests this perception by claiming that even though religion has been used to justify war and mobilise for warfare, religion can be used equally well for peacebuilding purposes. We argue that peacebuilding tools lie dormant within any religion and that enormous resources are being wasted when religion is not drawn upon for peacebuilding purposes. To substantiate this argument, we aim to analyse five examples - one example from each of the five major world religions - of religious leaders’ employment of forgiveness for peacebuilding purposes. Thus, forgiveness is the central element of comparison throughout the chapter.

In: Forgiveness: Philosophy, Psychology and the Arts
Migrant Conditions, Struggles and Experiences
In Politics of Precarity: Migrant Conditions, Struggles and Experiences, edited by Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Martin Bak Jørgensen, the contributing authors look into precarity. Precarity has become a buzzword in as well academia as among activist. The book depicts precarity as being both a condition and a mobilizing force for resistance. The volume asks questions that investigate conditions and resistance across diverse cases such as first generation urbanites in China, migrant pensioners and unemployed youth in Sweden and Spain, refugees in Germany, irregular and regular migrants in Southern Europe, Turkey, Russia the United States and South Africa.

Contributors are: Susanne Bregnbæk, Ines Calzada, Maribel Casas-Cortés, Anna Gavanas, Gregoris Ioannou, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Irina Kuznetsova-Morenko, Ronaldo Munck, Dimitris Parsanoglou, John Round, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Peter Schultz Jørgensen, Nazlı Şenses, Vassilis Tsianos, Nicos Trimikliniotis, and Mimi Zou.