Matters of care

Matters of care is a concept introduced by Amade M’charek and Julia Black (2020).  M’charek and Black argue that caring for bodies of people who died in migration “with dignity and respect – through counting, listing and mapping the dead as well as through attempts at identifying the individual bodies – produces proximity with the dead and accountability for deadly border management regimes“ (M’charek and Black 2020: 86).

NN grave in Skakavac, Croatia, July 2020. Photo by Selma Banich.

Literature: 

M’charek, Amade and Julia Black. 2020. “Engaging Bodies as Matters of Care Counting and Accounting for Death During Migration”. In Border Deaths. Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality. Paolo Cuttitta and Tamara Last, eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 85-102.