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Embodied frictions and frictionless sovereignty

Embodied frictions and frictionless sovereignty
Embodied frictions and frictionless sovereignty
This article is the abstracted result of my having witnessed the racialized infrastructures of European bordering practices in an apparent frictionless sovereign territory: the Schengen area. Embodying whiteness and holding European Union passport privilege in this context and situation, I was allowed to witness these events without any real danger to my person. I am hoping to remain cautious, however, of how my privileged position might be doubled in writing. An academic reflection could become a parasitical tool and an appropriative parsing of a traumatic experience that does not belong to me. I will therefore not engage in detailing the experience or what it has produced for those involved. I will, however, briefly recount some of the acts of policing I witnessed and how they constituted borders for some bodies where no borders exist for others.
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Brebenel, Mihaela
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Brebenel, Mihaela
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Brebenel, Mihaela (2020) Embodied frictions and frictionless sovereignty. b2o: an online journal, 5 (2), [1].

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This article is the abstracted result of my having witnessed the racialized infrastructures of European bordering practices in an apparent frictionless sovereign territory: the Schengen area. Embodying whiteness and holding European Union passport privilege in this context and situation, I was allowed to witness these events without any real danger to my person. I am hoping to remain cautious, however, of how my privileged position might be doubled in writing. An academic reflection could become a parasitical tool and an appropriative parsing of a traumatic experience that does not belong to me. I will therefore not engage in detailing the experience or what it has produced for those involved. I will, however, briefly recount some of the acts of policing I witnessed and how they constituted borders for some bodies where no borders exist for others.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 August 2020
Published date: 18 August 2020
Additional Information: Pubished in b2o: an online journal, Volume 5, Issue 2 (August 2020), Special Issue: Frictionless Sovereignty. The special Issue editor was Ryan Bishop.

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Local EPrints ID: 443828
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443828
ISSN: 2639-7250
PURE UUID: 5af11837-5ca4-4efe-b630-d82977bff74a

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Last modified: 12 Dec 2021 10:46

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