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Targeting Immigrants : Government, Technology, and Ethics - Jonathan Xavier Inda

Targeting Immigrants

Government, Technology, and Ethics

Paperback Published: 11th November 2005
ISBN: 9781405112437
Number Of Pages: 216

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This book is concerned with the government of &#8220;illegal&#8221; immigration since the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, exploring how certain mentalities and intellectual machineries have rendered illegal immigrants as targets of government. <br><ul><br><li>Examines how various authorities have created knowledge about and constructed &#8220;illegal&#8221; immigration as an ethical problem. <br><li>Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to govern immigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border. <br><li>Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary source materials &#8211; including government publications, archival documents, newspapers, and popular magazines. <br><li>Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and Operation Hold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of &#8220;illegal&#8221; immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings. <br><li>Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian theories of governmentality. <br><li>Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in constructing the &#8220;illegal&#8221; immigrant. </li></ul>

"Inda's Exploration of the racialized ethical manner in which unauthorized immigration has been managed is a significant contribution to the literature of governmentality."


Introduction: Government and Immigration.

Part I: Ethopolitics and the Management of In/security.

The Ethos of Responsibility.

Making Ethical Subjects.

The Government of the Marginal.

Racing the Unethical.

Part II: Producing ?The Illegal,? or Making Up Subjects.

Government and Numbers.

Legislating Illegality.

Practices of Enumeration.

Surveying Routines.

Ethical Territories of Exclusion.

After 9/11.

Part III: Anti-Citizenship Technologies and the Regulation of the Border.

Governing Through Crime.


Assembling an Anti-Citizenship Technology.


Securitizing the Border.


The Aftermath of ?Terror?.


Surfeit of Dead Bodies.


Dying in Abandonment.

Conclusion: Iterations.



ISBN: 9781405112437
ISBN-10: 1405112433
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 11th November 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.75  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1