From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 28 2006 - 01:39:26 EST
Bush's new border war, coupled with his call for a guest worker program, suggests the timeliness of this book. from Blackwell Publishers 2006. Targeting Immigrants Government, Technology, and Ethics By: JONATHAN XAVIER INDA (University of California, Santa Barbara) Description This book is concerned with the government of "illegal" immigration since the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, exploring how certain mentalities and intellectual machineries have rendered illegal immigrants as targets of government. * Examines how various authorities have created knowledge about and constructed "illegal" immigration as an ethical problem. * Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to govern immigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border. * Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary source materials - including government publications, archival documents, newspapers, and popular magazines. * Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and Operation Hold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of "illegal" immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings. * Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian theories of governmentality. * Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in constructing the "illegal" immigrant. Top Table of Contents Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction: Government and Immigration Part I: Ethopolitics and the Management of In/security The Ethos of Responsibility Making Ethical Subjects The Government of the Marginal Racing the Unethical Part II: Producing "The Illegal," or Making Up Subjects Government and Numbers Legislating Illegality Practices of Enumeration Surveying Routines Ethical Territories of Exclusion After 9/11 Part III: Anti-Citizenship Technologies and the Regulation of the Border Governing Through Crime Interlude Assembling an Anti-Citizenship Technology Interlude Securitizing the Border Interlude The Aftermath of "Terror" Interlude Surfeit of Dead Bodies Interlude Dying in Abandonment Part IV: Iteration References Cited Index Detailed contents Top About the Author Jonathan Xavier Inda is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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