Governing Irregular Migration: Bordering Culture, Labour, and Security in Spain

Governing Irregular Migration: Bordering Culture, Labour, and Security in Spain

by David Moffette


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This thorough analysis of immigration governance in Spain explores the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion at play at one of Europe’s southern borders. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and from parliamentary debates, laws, and policy documents, David Moffette reveals the complicated legal obstacles facing migrants with precarious immigration status. He shows how issues of culture, labour, and security intersect to create a regime of migration governance that is at once progressive and repressive. This book contributes to debates in socio-legal, border, and citizenship studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774836135
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 08/31/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Moffette is assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

1. Studying the Governing of Irregular Migration
2. Early Problematizations: “Immigrants,” “Foreign Workers,” and “Illegals”
3. Culture: Race, Religion, and the National Imaginary
4. Labour: Flows, Workers, and the Labour Market
5. Security: Threats, Crime, and State Sovereignty
6. Multiscalar Governance: Borderwork, Desirability, and Deportability
7. Governing Immigration through Probation


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