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Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5013-2
224 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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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 problem.
  • 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.
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Acknowledgements.

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.

Interlude.

Assembling an Anti-Citizenship Technology.

Interlude.

Securitizing the Border.

Interlude.

The Aftermath of “Terror”.

Interlude.

Surfeit of Dead Bodies.

Interlude.

Dying in Abandonment.

Conclusion: Iterations.

Notes.

Index.

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Jonathan Xavier Inda is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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  • Examines how various authorities have created knowledge about and constructed “illegal” immigration as an ethical problem.
  • 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.
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"Inda's Exploration of the racialized ethical manner in which unauthorized immigration has been managed is a significant contribution to the literature of governmentality."
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