What are the implications of making more and more parts of the world into “danger zones”? On BBC’s Thinking Allowed,  Laurie Taylor discusses this issue with Ruben Andersson— anthropologist, winner of BBC Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography in 2015, and author of No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics.

Listen to Laurie speak with Ruben (~13:45 minutes in) on how danger is being mapped in our world today. As Ruben notes:


“Mapping is not just a powerful way of depicting the world but also framing the world in a particular way of showcasing certain parts and leaving other things on the sidelines, and also of intervening in the world or of justifying certain kinds of interventions.

… We can go back further in colonial history where the blank spaces on the edges of maps somehow justify conquest and control.

… The blank spaces of earlier times are re-emerging on world maps today as red zones and no-travel zones in all sorts of ways.


Hear the entire conversation.

And read an excerpt from No Go World.