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Borders, Mobilities and Migrations

Perspectives from the Mediterranean, 19–21st Century


Edited By Lisa Anteby-Yemini, Virginie Baby-Collin and Sylvie Mazzella

This book explores changes in the social, economic and political processes underpinning the mechanisms for the management of human mobility and cohabitation in the Mediterranean region, while suggesting comparisons with the situation in the Americas.
It considers the public policies that introduce such mechanisms at state, region or city level, and also explores the way that populations adapt to, breach or find ways of working around these systems.
The volume also attempts to evaluate the extent to which the reactions of the populations concerned can influence such systems. Relying on a historical perspective and covering a broad period of time from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, this book questions the increasing influence of processes born out of globalization upon present readjustments of mobility and territorial configurations.
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Ilsen About is an historian, post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC) in Aix-en-Provence. At the moment, he is involved in a postdoctoral project comparing the different politics and policing of the “Gypsies” in Western Europe, including Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany, between 1880 and 1930. Another postdoctoral project is dedicated to the institutionalisation of a French police department specialised in the identification, control and surveillance of the foreigners during the interwar period. He is the author with Vincent Denis of Histoire de l’identification des personnes (La Découverte, 2010).

Lisa Anteby-Yemini is an anthropologist, Researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Research) and member of the Institute of Mediterranean and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC) in Aix-en-Provence. She has researched extensively the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel and is author of “Les Paradoxes du paradis: les juifs éthiopiens en Israël” (2004, éditions du CNRS, Paris). She is currently working on non-Jewish migration to Israel and particularly on African asylum-seekers and has published articles on the subject. She is also editing a book on Women in Judaism and Islam resulting from a three-year European research program she led on this topic.

Virginie Baby-Collin is associate professor in the department of geography and planning, Aix Marseille University since 2004, Telemme research Center, MMSH (Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme). Since 2010, she is a Visiting scholar at Columbia University (New York City). Her research in urban comparative geography...

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