This article introduces a special issue oriented to the theme of cramped space. We look to cramped space to advance critical understanding of the relationship between space, mobility and politics. Cramped space registers degrees of deprivation, constriction, and obstruction, but always and simultaneously a concern for the ways in which such limits operate to stimulate and incite movements of becoming and remaking. With this point in mind we argue that the idea of cramped space promises to foster a fruitful dialogue between two lines of research that have hitherto unfolded separately. The first of these is the recent shift within globalization theories and mobility studies away from the initial overly-optimistic focus on unbounded flows, and towards questions of friction, containment, blockage, mediation and infrastructure. The second is Deleuze and Guattari's argument for minor politics (from where the idea of cramped space originates). Addressing an age when talk of fences and walls saturates public rhetoric, the essays collected here think through cramped space to imagine new vistas of the politics of mobility.

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Keywords Borders, Mobility, Politics, Resistance, Social theory, Space
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10767-016-9237-3
Journal International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
Citation
Walters, W, & Lüthi, B. (Barbara). (2016). The Politics of Cramped Space: Dilemmas of Action, Containment and Mobility. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 29(4), 359–366. doi:10.1007/s10767-016-9237-3