In his book Governare la crisi dei rifugiati. Sovranismo, neoliberismo, razzismo e accoglienza in Europa, Miguel Mellino focuses on the period between the Arab springs (2011) and the issue of the European Union agenda on Migration Management and Border Security (2015), analysing the effects of a double crisis: the great economic one and the so called “refugee crisis” and how, by governing them, the European institutions have gradually reinforced the neoliberal political economy through the reinforcement of widened racialization politics within the population, and people’s movements across European borders. Within this broad frame, Mellino argues that anti-racist movements are facing a huge crisis too, not being able to escape a mere cultural and identitarian paradigm, while they should deal with race as a structural element of all human and social relationships. Mellino’s critical and theoretical references range from Cultural, Postcolonial, and Black studies (Stuart Hall, Achille Mbembe, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire) to Decolonial studies (Walter Mignolo), taking into account also traditional Political philosophy (Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Étienne Balibar, Giorgio Agamben). Agamben and the alleged Eurocentrism of his philosophy, in particular, are the object of a close reading which shows how white European theories and studies still lack enough reference to the colonial quality of (European) modernity.
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racism, racialization, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, borders