Guest Editorial: Transforming Borders and the Discretionary Politics of Migration Control


The eight articles in this issue promise us a global journey around transformed borders, multiscalar bordering, and discretionary practices within these migration controls. In doing so, the authors guide us through the Global North and Global South with countries as varied as the US, Mexico, Mali, Poland, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, and Turkey. We also gain insights through these specific research settings from additional Asian and African countries of origin for the migrants involved. By situating their analyses in a specific locus, the authors provide us with a grounded, localized narrative, which they insightfully theorize on and interact with at the global level. Through these glocalized analyses, we not only learn about the importance of multiscalar forms of migration control and the discretion of these actors within these bordering practices, but also gain insights into the immediate and long-term effects of these control efforts on the divergent actors that transform our borders and give meaning to the multiscalar bordering practices.


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Published: 2021-09-01
Pages:i to viii
Section:Guest Editorial V10 I3 2021
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How to Cite
van der Woude , M. . and Staring, R. (2021) “Guest Editorial: Transforming Borders and the Discretionary Politics of Migration Control”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(3), p. i-viii. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2036.

Author Biographies

Leiden University

dr. M.A.H. (Maartje) van der Woude is full profesor of Law & Society at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is specialized in studying the everyday politics and practices of bordering, migration control and (counter)terrorism. In so doing, she has a particular interest in the different ways in which local state and non-state actors use their powers and formal and informal rules and regulations to either resist or support supranational and national policies on the management of cross-border mobility. Maartje has published extensively on the questions of border control, exceptionalism, belonging, race, national identity and sovereignty.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prof. dr. R.H.J.M. (Richard) Staring is full professor Empirical Criminology at Department of Criminology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is specialized in ethnographic and other qualitative research methods in the broad research field of (irregular) international migration, borders and integration. He has published on poverty, crime, international and irregular migration flows, as well as on processes of incorporation of illegal immigrants, human smuggling and human trafficking, qualitative research methods, and qualitative analysis.