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The Migration Apparatus: Security, Labor, and Policymaking in the European Union (Paperback)


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Every year, millions of people from around the world grapple with the European Union's emerging migration management apparatus. Through border controls, biometric information technology, and circular migration programs, this amorphous system combines a whirlwind of disparate policies. The Migration Apparatus examines the daily practices of migration policy officials as they attempt to harmonize legal channels for labor migrants while simultaneously cracking down on illegal migration.

Working in the crosshairs of debates surrounding national security and labor, officials have limited individual influence, few ties to each other, and no serious contact with the people whose movements they regulate. As Feldman reveals, this complex construction creates a world of indirect human relations that enables the violence of social indifference as much as the targeted brutality of collective hatred. Employing an innovative nonlocal ethnographic methodology, Feldman illuminates the danger of allowing indifference to govern how we regulate population--and people's lives--in the world today.

About the Author

Gregory Feldman teaches at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University. He is a cofounder of both the Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy and the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.

Praise For…

"The Migration Apparatus is a well-sourced, timely, and stimulating analysis, a significant contribution to the study of international migration and of how contemporary migration movements become governed in the EU. The author provides an innovative methodology, setting the course for a novel research agenda that does not attempt to reduce complexity but seeks instead to trace heterogeneous actors, narratives, and rationales which, while camouflaged in a language of freedom and rights, contain and create novel forms of control, social inequality, and violence. This engaging and thought-provoking read is a much-needed ethnographic contribution to the interrelated fields of international migration, policy-making, and security studies. It is relevant for scholars and policymakers alike and suggests multiple avenues for further research into the intricate world of migration governance."—Maurice Stierl, International Migration Review

"Based on an innovative methodology in anthropology of public policy, this rich book makes an useful contribution to, and is critical to, the debate on migration policies in Europe."—Romain Felli, Le Temps [Translated from French]

"This book has a most intriguing title—the migration apparatus—which promises not only an anthropological and ethnographic approach to analyzing European Union (EU) migration policy but also tantalizes Foucauldians interested in the use of the concept of 'apparatus' in such a field. The book delivers on both promises to excellent effect . . . [A] very interesting book, well researched and well constructed."—Elspeth Guild, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Recommended."—D. B. Robertson, CHOICE

"Feldman provides a distinctive, thought-provoking look at the interacting welter of agencies, companies, and institutions central to shaping EU immigration policies. This is a signal contribution to the literature on immigration, mobility, citizenship, and new non-state nexuses of control—as well as to innovations in anthropological methodology. A fascinating book."—Donald Brenneis, University of Calfornia, Santa Cruz

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804761079
ISBN-10: 0804761078
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2011
Pages: 224
Language: English