This edited volume approaches waiting both as a social phenomenon that proliferates in irregularised forms of migration and as an analytical perspective on migration processes and practices.

Waiting as an analytical perspective offers new insights into the complex and shifting nature of processes of bordering, belonging, state power, exclusion and inclusion, and social relations in irregular migration. The chapters in this book address legal, bureaucratic, ethical, gendered, and affective dimensions of time and migration. A key concern is to develop more theoretically robust approaches to waiting in migration as constituted in and through multiple and relational temporalities. The chapters highlight how waiting is configured in specific legal, material, and socio-cultural situations, as well as how migrants encounter, incorporate, and resist temporal structures.

This collection includes ethnographic and other empirically based material, as well as theorizing that cross-cut disciplinary boundaries. It will be relevant to scholars from anthropology and sociology, and others interested in temporalities, migration, borders, and power.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.tandfebooks.com , has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


chapter 1|19 pages


Unpacking the temporalities of irregular migration
ByChristine M. Jacobsen, Marry-Anne Karlsen
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part I|52 pages

The multiple tempos of waiting

chapter 2|17 pages

The violence of accelerated time

Waiting and hasting during ‘the long summer of migration’ in Greece
ByKaterina Rozakou
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chapter 3|17 pages

‘They said wait, wait – and I waited’

The power chronographies of waiting for asylum in Marseille, France
ByChristine M. Jacobsen
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chapter 4|16 pages

Filling the apps

The smartphone, time and the refugee
ByThomas Hylland Eriksen
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part II|76 pages

The Social relations of waiting

chapter 5|21 pages

Mo’s challenge. Waiting and the question of methodological nationalism

ByKari Anne Drangsland
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chapter 6|17 pages

Migration control, temporal irregularity and waiting

Undocumented Zimbabwean migrants’ experiences of deportability in South Africa
ByJohannes Machinya
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chapter 7|18 pages

Waiting out the condition of illegality in Norway

ByMarry-Anne Karlsen
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chapter 8|18 pages

‘Go fund me’

LGBTI asylum seekers in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
ByB Camminga
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part III|59 pages

Legal temporalities and waiting

chapter 9|19 pages

The truth of the body as controversial evidence

An investigation into age assessments of migrant minors in France
BySandrine Musso
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chapter 10|16 pages

An end to asylum?

Temporary protection and the erosion of refugee status
ByJessica Schultz
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chapter 11|16 pages

‘Doin’ hard time on planet earth’

Migrant detainability, disciplinary power and the disposability of life
ByNicholas De Genova
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chapter 12|6 pages


Waiting, a state of consciousness
ByShahram Khosravi
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