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Renegociando fronteras: Solidaridad vecinal y activismo migrante en Madrid
Renegotiating Borders: Neighborhood Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Madrid

Author(s): Ana Santamarina
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Asylum, Refugees, Migration as Policy-fields
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Urban border; solidarity; migration; activism; intersectionality; anticolonialism; neighbourhood movements; subaltern political action; whiteness;
Summary/Abstract: In a context in which the city of Madrid has become a border space – with police raids, deportations and harassments as patterns of the everyday landscapes of public spaces in the city – several grassroots organizations have emerged disrupting these geographies and turning the city into a space of border struggle (De Genova, Mezzadra and Pickles, 2015). This chapter maps the multiple trajectories of resistance that operate re-negotiating borders from a daily basis in Madrid. These draw from diverse neighbor solidarity movements to particular forms of migrant subaltern political agency. Engaging with these, the chapter addresses questions of subalternity, migration and political action (Featherstone, 2008, 2012). On the one hand, this study portrays the border as a dynamic and contested space, where migrants and neighbors negotiate the power relations at stake in the processes of bordering and the practices of racist police violence (Mezzadra and Neilson, 2013; Papadopulos and Tsiannos, 2013). On the other hand, it explores how migrant activism is questioning the social borders that operate within urban spaces and urban political movements challenging white privilege and colonialism and opening new debates that are reshaping migrant solidarity movements.

  • Page Range: 133-149
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Spanish