[OPE-L] Targeting Immigrants Government, Technology, and Ethics By: JONATHAN XAVIER INDA (University of California, Santa Barbara)

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 28 2006 - 01:39:26 EST

Bush's new border war, coupled with his call
for a guest worker program, suggests
the timeliness of this book.

from Blackwell Publishers 2006.

Targeting Immigrants
Government, Technology, and Ethics
By: JONATHAN XAVIER INDA (University of California, Santa Barbara)

This book is concerned with the government of "illegal" 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.
        *       Examines how various authorities have created
knowledge about and constructed "illegal" immigration as an ethical
        *       Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to
govern immigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border.
        *       Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary
source materials - including government publications, archival
documents, newspapers, and popular magazines.
        *       Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and
Operation Hold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of "illegal"
immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings.
        *       Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian
theories of governmentality.
        *       Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in
constructing the "illegal" immigrant.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
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
Part IV: Iteration
References Cited

Detailed contents

About the Author

Jonathan Xavier Inda is Assistant Professor in the Department of
Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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