Professor Philippe M. Frowd has published the book “Security at the Borders, Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa”

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018

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Assistant Professor Philippe M. Frowd has published the book: “Security at the Borders, Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa”. To get a copy of the book, please visit Cambridge University Press.

Borders are not just lines in the sand, but increasingly globalised spaces of practice. This is the case in West Africa, where a growing range of local and international officials are brought together by ambitious security projects around common anxieties. These projects include efforts to stop irregular migration by sea through international police cooperation, reinforcing infrastructures at border posts, and the application of new digital identification tools to identify and track increasingly mobile citizens. These interventions are driven by global and local security agendas, by biometric passport rules as much as competition between local security agencies. This book draws on the author's multi-sited ethnography in Mauritania and Senegal, showing how border security practices and technologies operate to build state security capacity, transform how state agencies work, and produce new forms of authority and expertise.

  • Proposes a view of borders as 'socio-technical'
  • Highlights the role of knowledge and 'security culture' to help readers identify the extent of Western versus local agency in border security
  • Emphasises the role of capacity-building and state transformation
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