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Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

to politicians and policy makers trying to implement effective programs to immobilize irregular migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees in situ, and poses a number of challenging theoretical and epistemological questions to academics working

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The Integration Spectacle

Migration, politics, and multiculturalism in a Finnish suburb

Ville Laakkonen

Migration politics in Finland are centered around “social integration” and “multiculturalism.” While the stated aims of such politics are equality and social mobility, the results are often contradictory, perpetuating the hierarchies and inequalities they propose to overcome. Utilizing Guy Debord’s notion of the “society of the spectacle,” I argue that there is a neoliberal Integration Spectacle that projects the appearance of societal change but is, in reality, an immobilizing force that works to obscure a particular racialized social order. I draw on my fieldwork in and around Varissuo, an international working-class suburb on the edge of Turku, western Finland, to analyze how both migrant residents of the area and the professionals within the so-called integration economy engage with, reproduce, and deal with this discrepancy.

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Patrick H. Hutton

Scholarly interest in the topic of nostalgia has come late to discussions of the workings of memory, a popular topic in contemporary historiography, but its moment may at last have arrived, bringing with it perspectives unappreciated a generation ago. As an emotional response to time’s passage, nostalgia has long been viewed with suspicion. From the dawn of the modern age, critics have explained that it plays into life’s illusions, drifting into sentimental idealization of a past on the fast track to obsolescence. From the earliest critical commentaries on its nature in the late seventeenth century, nostalgia has been equated with homesickness, futile longing for lost places, lost times, and lost causes. For the most part, it was diagnosed as a psychological disorder that immobilized individuals susceptible to the tug of its emotions. It was in this guise that discussion of its nature entered the lexicon of medical discourse during the nineteenth century. The impairments of those who suffered from its sadness were real. The remedy was to awaken them to life’s present realities, and so to teach them to adapt with vigor to their own times.

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Peter Merriman

my county council. This was not immobilization, but a new form of intensively local mobility and dwelling, moving around my house, garden, and through the landscape in different ways, following old and new paths and tracing new lines. 7 Swabbing

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When Transit States Pursue Their Own Agenda

Malaysian and Indonesian Responses to Australia's Migration and Border Policies

Antje Missbach and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

their agency to overcome immobilization, in this article we make use of interviews with state officials from both countries in order to analyze the state perspective and thus compare the different responses of the Indonesian and Malaysia governments

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

immobilization.” They “begin to make things happen” ( James 1987: 1215–1222 ). Neighbors respond to catastrophe immediately and with local knowledge of who is missing under the rubble, who has pets. Proximity matters. “Right now” is totally absorbing

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Containing mobilities

Changing time and space of maritime labor

Johanna Markkula

labor stands in a diametrically oppositional and causal relation to the mobility of seafarers in the context of containerized shipping, who experience these changes as incarcerating and immobilizing. As the goods travel faster and smoother, the mobility

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Judith A. Nicholson and Mimi Sheller

-recorded violent arrests or deaths of African-American men who were in police custody. 14 BLM activists assert that the victims were racially profiled while driving, then detained and permanently immobilized by police. This racial profiling, commonly known as

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Degrees of Permeability

Confinement, Power and Resistance in Freetown's Central Prison

Luisa T. Schneider

locked away and immobilized without being given any tasks to ‘protect’ the rest of society from an unjustified fear of them. Judith Butler (2004) shows how, next to literal violence, there is a vast arena of symbolic violence wherein excessive

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Into and Out of Citizenship, through Personal Tax Payments

Romanian Migrants’ Leveraging of British Self-Employment

Dora-Olivia Vicol

-level bureaucrats ( Lipsky 1980 ) who had the power to validate or reject Romanians’ attempts at bookkeeping. This brings the article to its third and final point. Looking at how Romanian migrants mobilized, and were immobilized, by their tax obligations, I show