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La barrière et le chekpoint : mise en politique de l'asymétrie

Abstract : This article investigates contemporary walls (armour-plated borders, contested ceasefire lines, urban separations, gated communities) as comparable gestures reflecting a process of reinforcement of a territorialised limit aimed at controlling the circulation of persons. It seeks in particular to determine what we can learn from the political meaning of such gestures in the context of globalisation. The contemporary “armour-plating” of territorialised limits appears as an asymmetric response to the perception of an asymmetric peril. By “locking outside” individuals deemed undesirable, the politics of the Wall create an asymmetric public space. It is asymmetric because of the power to decide upon the separation, which is monopolised by the most powerful party, while the other becomes de facto separated. It is also rendered asymmetric by the power of control deployed through technologies of sorting among individuals and their status. It is made asymmetric, finally, by the power to categorise which legitimates separation, by defining a security space and a space of risk, a status of recognition and a status of suspicion, a freedom to circulate and a limitation of the freedom of circulation, the recognition of dignity and the imposition of humiliation.
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Évelyne Ritaine. La barrière et le chekpoint : mise en politique de l'asymétrie. Cultures & conflits, L'Harmattan, 2009, Frontières, marquages et disputes, pp.13-33. ⟨10.4000/conflits.17500⟩. ⟨halshs-00389196⟩



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