The book explores the complex, multi-directional connections of the "mobility/security nexus" in the re-ordering of states, empires, and markets in historical perspective.

Contributing to a vivid academic debate, the book offers in-depth studies on how mobility and security interplay in the emergence of order beyond the modern state. While mobilities studies, migration studies and critical security studies have focused on particular aspects of this relationship, such as the construction of mobility as a political threat or the role of infrastructure and security, we still lack comprehensive conceptual frameworks to grasp the mobility/security nexus and its role in social, political, and economic orders. With authors drawn from sociology, International Relations, and various historical disciplines, this transdisciplinary volume historicizes the mobility-security nexus for the first time. In answering calls for more studies that are both empirical and have historical depth, the book presents substantial case studies on the nexus, ranging from the late Middle Ages right up to the present-day, with examples from the British Empire, the Russian Empire, the Habsburg Empire, Papua New Guinea, Rome in the 1980s or the European Union today. By doing so, the volume conceptualizes the mobility/security nexus from a new, innovative perspective and, further, highlights it as a prominent driving force for society and state development in history.

This book will be of much interest to researchers and students of critical security studies, mobility studies, sociology, history and political science.

part I|18 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Historicizing the Mobility/Security Nexus

Introductory Remarks
ByWerner Distler, Heidi Hein-Kircher

part II|75 pages

Conceptual and Theoretical Reflections

chapter 2|24 pages

The Security/Mobility Nexus as an Analytical Lens

The Cases of Counterterrorism and Infrastructure
ByMatthias Leese, Stef Wittendorp

chapter 3|24 pages

Ordering Movement and Mobilizing Security

On the Production of “Critical Infrastructure”
ByAmina Nolte

chapter 4|25 pages

Thresholds of Threat in (Historical) Security Cultures

Overcoming the Good-Versus-Bad Mobilities Dichotomy
ByTobias Bruns

part III|195 pages

Case Studies

section Section 1|64 pages

(Re)Ordering States and Societies

chapter 7|19 pages

Spatial (Im)mobility as a Threat to Social Mobility

Roma in the Peripheries of Rome and the NIMBY Politics of Campi Nomadi
ByAna Ivasiuc

section Section 2|66 pages

(Re)Ordering Empires

chapter 8|24 pages

Struggles With Mass-Migrations, National- and State-Interests in the Late Habsburg Empire

Security Through Mobility or Against Mobility?
BySzilveszter Csernus-Lukács

chapter 9|21 pages

Nineteenth-Century Labor Migration and Fear of Epidemics in the British Colony of Mauritius (c. 1834–1910)

A Danger to Public Health?
ByAndrea Wiegeshoff

chapter 10|19 pages

Securing the Flows of Oil in a Transottoman Context

Baku's Oil, Infrastructures of Transportation, and Mendeleev as an Imperial Expert of Securitization (1850–1918)
ByStefan Rohdewald

section Section 3|63 pages

(Re)Ordering Markets

part IV|12 pages

Concluding Remarks

chapter 14|10 pages

Security, Mobility, and the Colonial Connection

Concluding Remarks
ByBenedikt Stuchtey