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1 On Autonomy and Migration: The Politics of Statelessness

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The postcolonial realm has produced global cities and massive diasporas. Global movement exponentially accelerates; this, however, is not solely due to the processes of capitalist globalization, a top down fluidity, but often in spite of it. The following chapter traces several theories of ‘autonomy of migration’ through a Spinozian lens. Through the works of Mezzadra, Mitropoulos, Papadopoulos, and many others, political agency is revealed in the processes of migration and its concurrent challenges to the confinement and control of capitalist structures, the state, and other forms of power. In opposition to the works of theorists such as Agamben and Arendt, this paper attempts to provide a concept of politics and ‘rights’ that do not require either a polis or transcendental duty bearer. The migrant is explored as fundamentally in opposition to political exclusion: a stateless politics is revealed.



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