(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

The biopolitical border in practice : surveillance and death at the Greece–Turkey borderzones

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TOPAK Ö.E. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Sociology, Queen’s Univ., Kingston, CANADA


This paper examines biopolitical control practices at the Greece–Turkey borders and addresses current debates in the study of borders and biopolitics. It explains that while borders are diffusing beyond and inside state territories, their practices and effects are concentrated at the edges of state territories—ie, borderzones. It concludes that this case demonstrates that biopolitics operates through sovereign territorial controls and surveillance, practices of death and exclusion, and suspension of rights. This study also highlights the fact that, despite the biopolitical realities, migrants continue to cross the borders


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no5 [pp. 815-833]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



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