Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of by Miriam I. Ticktin

By Miriam I. Ticktin

This booklet explores the unintentional results of compassion on the earth of immigration politics. Miriam Ticktin specializes in France and its humanitarian immigration practices to argue politics in accordance with care and safety can lead the nation to view problems with immigration and asylum via a scientific lens. reading “regimes of care”—humanitarianism and the move to prevent violence opposed to women—Ticktin asks what it skill to allow the ill and sexually violated to go borders whereas the impoverished can't? She demonstrates how in an inhospitable immigration weather, strange pathologies can turn into the skill to residency papers, making stipulations like HIV, melanoma, and choose reviews of sexual violence into designated merits for would-be migrants. Ticktin’s research additionally indicts the inequalities cast by means of worldwide capitalism that force humans emigrate, and the country practices that criminalize nearly all of undocumented migrants on the price of take care of the outstanding few.

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We exchanged information about our legal status, and then he explained to me, rather incredulously, that “it was so much easier to find work on the black market! I never had trouble. ” Ahmad is just one example of a tension between industry wanting and needing labor and the state refusing to let people in legally. Stated otherwise, he exemplifies the contradictions between capital and labor, where capital flows relatively freely while labor cannot. One might say that undocumented immigrants are desired precisely because they can be denied all rights.

So, taking this as my jumpingoff point, I explore the political eruption of the sans-papiers in order to sa n s - pa p i e r s a n d p o l i t i c a l s t r u g g l e 31 think about the context of its emergence and limits, and about the rise of a competing complex of institutions and practices of care. Many scholars and activists have written about the sans-papiers precisely because of the significance of the movement for new practices of citizenship and belonging;2 my goal is not to revisit this work, but rather to think about the nature and context of the sans-papiers political movement and why it has come to be challenged by a form of antipolitics.

16 Radical change is the result of political action, not politics. While a politics of care and compassion is a 20 introduction form of politics—it engages and reproduces a set of power relations— my argument is that it does not change the dominant order, it does not challenge established forms of inequality. That said, it is nevertheless productive—the question is, of what? What kind of politics is this antipolitics today? First, I want to put the idea of antipolitics in context and then turn to its specific contemporary effects.

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