A community psychology for migrant justice: Critically examining border violence and resistance during the COVID-19 syndemic.

Esposito, Francesca, Rebelo, Dora, Olanrewaju, Moshood, Vine, Megan, Fernandes-Jesus, Maria, Bodden, Debi, Kalokoh, Aminata and Olson, Bradley 2023. A community psychology for migrant justice: Critically examining border violence and resistance during the COVID-19 syndemic. American Journal of Community Psychology. 73 (1-2), pp. 27-43. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12669

TitleA community psychology for migrant justice: Critically examining border violence and resistance during the COVID-19 syndemic.
TypeJournal article
AuthorsEsposito, Francesca, Rebelo, Dora, Olanrewaju, Moshood, Vine, Megan, Fernandes-Jesus, Maria, Bodden, Debi, Kalokoh, Aminata and Olson, Bradley
AbstractThis article explores the magnifying lenses of the COVID-19 syndemic to highlight how people racialized as migrants and refugees have been-and continue to be-disproportionally harmed. We use empirical evidence collected in our scholarly/activist work in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the United States to examine migrant injustice as being produced by a combination of power structures and relations working to maintain colonial global orders and inequalities. This is what has been defined as "border imperialism." Our data, complemented by evidence from transnational solidarity groups, show that border imperialism has further intersected with the hygienic-sanitary logics of social control at play during the COVID-19 period. This intersection has resulted in increasingly coercive methods of restraining people on the move, as well as in increased-and new-forms of degradation of their lives, that is, an overall multiplication of border violences. At the same time, however, COVID-19 has provided a unique opportunity for grassroot solidarity initiatives and resistance led by people on the move to be amplified and extended. We conclude by emphasizing the need for community psychologists to take a more vigorous stance against oppressive border imperialist regimes and the related forms of violence they re/enact. [Abstract copyright: © 2023 The Authors. American Journal of Community Psychology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Community Research and Action.]
Keywordscommunity psychology for migrant justice
border violence
no border solidarity and resistance
border imperialism
COVID-19 syndemic
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Journal citation73 (1-2), pp. 27-43
ISSN1573-2770
Year2023
PublisherWiley
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12669
PubMed ID37126214
Publication dates
Published online01 May 2023
Page range10.1002/ajcp.12669

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