Paper Trails: Migrants, Documents, and Legal Insecurity - Global Insecurities (Paperback)
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Paper Trails: Migrants, Documents, and Legal Insecurity - Global Insecurities (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 14/08/2020
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Across the globe, states have long aimed to control the movement of people, identify their citizens, and restrict noncitizens' rights through official identification documents. Although states are now less likely to grant permanent legal status, they are increasingly issuing new temporary and provisional legal statuses to migrants. Meanwhile, the need for migrants to apply for frequent renewals subjects them to more intensive state surveillance. The contributors to Paper Trails examine how these new developments change migrants' relationship to state, local, and foreign bureaucracies. The contributors analyze, among other toics, immigration policies in the United Kingdom, the issuing of driver's licenses in Arizona and New Mexico, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and community know-your-rights campaigns. By demonstrating how migrants are inscribed into official bureaucratic systems through the issuance of identification documents, the contributors open up new ways to understand how states exert their power and how migrants must navigate new systems of governance.

Contributors. Bridget Anderson, Deborah A. Boehm, Susan Bibler Coutin, Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, Sarah B. Horton, Josiah Heyman, Cecilia Menjivar, Juan Thomas Ordonez, Doris Marie Provine, Nandita Sharma, Monica Varsanyi

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9781478008453
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The rich collection of case studies in Paper Trails reminds us that states have increasingly refined their surveillance techniques. A must-read for anyone interested in how the issuing of the identifications and documents that pervade our everyday lives give states power over the populations-both citizens and immigrants-they govern." -- Leo R. Chavez, author of * The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation *
"Offering a unique way to think about the materiality of immigrant life and the ways that papers shape migrants' identities, experiences, rights, and sense of belonging, this volume tells a compelling story about the need to center documents in the study of international migration." -- Leisy J. Abrego, coeditor of * We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States *
"Documents, or 'papers,' both reflect and help construct a global reality of heightened border policing and profound socioeconomic inequality. By powerfully illuminating the work that documents do in producing the state and people of unequal status, and the tactics people employ to contest citizenship-related forms of exclusion, Paper Trails provides valuable tools for those engaged in the struggle to realize a more just world." -- Joseph Nevins, author of * Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid *
"Paper Trails is a substantial and well-edited collection of research. It is an interesting, theoretically engaging and empirically rich book. It is undoubtedly an important contribution to migration studies and social sciences in general." -- Shahram Khosravi * Ethnic and Racial Studies *
"A group of preeminent scholars of immigration have produced a stellar collection of essays. . . . [Paper Trails] is an invaluable addition to our understanding of how the everyday processes of documentation operate in systems of state governance. . . . It deserves a wide readership." -- Susan J. Terrio * Journal of Anthropological Research *

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