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Abject Spaces: Frontiers, Zones, Camps

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Abject spaces are those in and through which increasingly distressed, displaced, and dispossessed peoples are condemned to the status of strangers, outsiders, and aliens (e.g., refugees, unlawful combatants, insurgents, and the conquered) and stripped of their (existent and potential) citizenship (rights of becoming political) in various emerging frontiers, zones, and camps around the world. There has been a veritable outcry against the fact that these people have been reduced to a status without human rights. Yet their being human has not seemed to matter much to the states and their laws that have condemned them to these states of inexistence (figure 9.1). What is the logic of these abject spaces and how do we investigate the practices that sustain them?

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