Eithne Luibhéid exquisitely details how the Irish became embroiled in a politics over the sexuality and reproduction of mainly African refugees, leading to the controversial referendum denying birthright citizenship. Pregnant on Arrival is the story of a nation of emigrants that suddenly finding itself a nation of immigrants, with a wealth of insights for anyone interested in how the law constructs the ‘illegal alien’ and renders pregnant mothers and their babies as threats to the nation.
Leo R. Chavez, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation
Pregnant on Arrival makes an enormous, essential contribution in demonstrating how women’s bodies and their sexuality become central to immigration controls. By bringing the question of queerness to bear on the ‘threat’ of pregnant asylum seekers in Ireland, Luibhéid charts how a queer migration framework that simultaneously attends to geopolitics, nation-building, gender, and race, can shed light on the sexual politics of determining who is a legitimate immigrant, asylum seeker, and neoliberal subject worthy of citizenship.
Monisha Das Gupta, author of Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States