As a first part of this article, in order to attempt a genealogical reading of the current literature on camps, I outline three arguments which are central to the issues tackled by researchers these last decades, and which are the main themes of the controversies surrounding discourses and practices about camps: a securitarian argument, a humanitarian argument, and an identity-based argument which first caught the attention of anthropologists when this new research highlighted issues such as the loss of identity or the anchoring of relationships and subjectivities. In the second part of the article, I draw the main practical and theoretical challenges for the future of encampments: camps as part of a marginal borderland at global scale, as the locus of an absolute and unknown “Other”, and as places of new forms of urbanity.


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