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Makeshift Migrants and Law : Gender, Belonging, and Postcolonial Anxieties - Ratna Kapur

Makeshift Migrants and Law

Gender, Belonging, and Postcolonial Anxieties

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Published: 28th July 2010
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This book unmasks the cultural and gender stereotypes that inform the legal regulation of the migrant. It critiques the postcolonial perspective on how belonging and non-belonging are determined by the sexual, cultural, and familial norms on which law is based as well as the historical backdrop of the colonial encounter, which differentiated overtly between the legitimate and illegitimate subject.

The complexities and layering of the migranta (TM)s existence are seen, in the book, to be obscured by the apparatus of the law. The author elaborates on how law can both advance and impede the rights of the migrant subject and how legal interventions are constructed around frameworks rooted in the boundaries of difference, protection of the sovereignty of the nation-state, and the myth of the all-embracing liberal subject. This produces the a Othera (TM) and reinforces essentialised assumptions about gender and cultural difference.

The author foregrounds the perspective of the subaltern migrant subject, exposing the deeper issues implicated in the debates over migration and the rights claims of migrants, primarily in the context of women and religious minorities in India.

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. The Making of the Migrant 3. Victims, Whores, and Wives: Migrant Women and the Law 4. Faith and the 'Good' Woman: The Construction of Female Sexual Subjectivities in Anti-trafficking Discourse 5. The Citizen and the Migrant Subject: Postcolonial Anxieties, Law, and the Politics of Exclusion/Inclusion 6. 'Alien'-ating Justice: Muslims, the Gujarat Riots, and the Purge from Within 7. Conclusion: Insurrectional Subjects. Bibliography. About the Author. Index

ISBN: 9780415596299
ISBN-10: 0415596297
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 28th July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1