Border security as Practice

Special issue of Security Dialogue about securing the border. Edited by Karine Côté-Boucher, Federica Infantino and Mark B. Salter


The ambition of this special issue is to contribute to contemporary scholarly analyses of border security by bringing more focus onto a specific field of inquiry: the practices of the plurality of power-brokers involved in the securing of borders. Border security is addressed from the angle of the everyday practices of those who are appointed to carry it out; considering border security as practice is essential for shedding light on contemporary problematizations of security. Underscoring the methodological specificity of fieldwork research, we call for a better grounding of scholarship within the specific agencies intervening in bordering spaces in order to provide detailed analyses of the contextualized practices of security actors.

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Frederica Infantino et Andrea Rea : publications

Infantino, Federica. Bordering «fake» marriages? The everyday practices of control at the consulates of Belgium, France and Italy in Casablanca. Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, 2014, vol. 7, no 1, p. 27-48.

Infantino, Federica et REA, Andrea. La mobilisation d’un savoir pratique local: attribution des visas Schengen au Consulat général de Belgique à Casablanca. Sociologies pratiques, 2012, no 1, p. 67-78.

See the presentations of Frederica Infantino and Andrea Rea at the international conference colloque