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Administrative guidelines as a source of immigration law?

Ethnographic perspectives on law at work and in the making

Larissa Vetters

This article makes a conceptual and methodological argument for ethnographically studying a certain type of paperwork in immigration bureaucracies, namely internal administrative guidelines. Much ethnographic research has focused on case files, application forms, identity documents and judicial decisions attempting to shed light on bureaucrats’ discretionary power and migrants’ strategies of navigating immigration laws. This article shifts attention from bureaucrats’ discretionary practices to their efforts to standardise and codify their own practices. The administrative guidelines of the Foreigners’ Registration Office of Berlin and the visa guidelines of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany are examined as legal documents that are produced in a web of textually grounded legal meanings, as well as in a meshwork of social and political relations and in turn reconfigure both social relations and legal meanings. Contextualised in such a way, these administrative guidelines shed light not only on ‘immigration law at work’ but also on ‘immigration law in the making’.

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Zoia Tarasova

themselves and each other. What do men themselves think of the challenges posed to them by the post-Soviet economic and social transformations, and how do they cope with them? 3 Post-Soviet Economic Precarity and Male Immigration from Central Asia and

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Memories of Migration

Commemoration, Contestation, and Migrant Integration in the United Kingdom and Germany

Barbara Laubenthal and Kevin Myers

Islamophobia across Europe are indicators of a growing perception of immigration as a threat. In 2017, a far-right party entered the national parliament in Germany for the first time since World War II. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) received 12.6 percent

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Re/Making Immigration Policy through Practice

How Social Workers Influence What It Means to Be a Refused Asylum Seeker

Kathryn Tomko Dennler

, tolerance, and hospitality as they seek to meet their needs and forge what Judith Butler calls “a livable life” (2004) . This article is animated by two interrelated questions: how does immigration status function in the everyday lives of refused asylum

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A Clash of Civilizations?

Pegida and the Rise of Cultural Nationalism

David N. Coury

have taken up the idea of warning against the rise of “Eurabia” as a result of unchecked Muslim immigration. At the center of this argument, he writes, is first the claim that the political and ethical foundation of Western Europe lies in Christianity

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“China gives and China takes”

African traders and the nondocumenting states

Shanshan Lan

Africans traders are subjected to intensified immigration control by the Chinese authorities. Only a limited number of them manage to obtain long-term visas to conduct business in China. The African population in Guangzhou is extremely diverse, and almost

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J. Cristobal Pizarro and Brendon M. H. Larson

.g., mobility and immigration) environment affect people’s connections with places ( Fresque-Baxter and Armitage 2012 ; Manzo and Devine-Wright 2014 ), and, if so, whether there might be more fruitful ways to conceive human-nature relationships in the

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The “Brick and Mortar” of Mobilization?

Storytelling and Materiality in Anti-Asylum Seeker Center Protests in the Netherlands

Iris Beau Segers

individuals to an active participant in public life” (p. 69), this article conceptualizes anti-AZC mobilization as a specific form of anti-immigration mobilization. Concretely, anti-AZC mobilization refers to the organization of an aggregate of individuals

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Paul Apostolidis

This essay considers whether legal rights remain a core resource for transforming the social situation of low-income workers in the United States. In particular, how does the recent expansion of the immigrant workforce in the US affect the prospects for workers to generate a symbiosis between legalist struggles and rank-and-file movement activism? I demonstrate that the migration narratives of Mexican immigrant union activists intervene in the law's formation of political subjects, such that the thorough disciplining of a docile subject by the law does not necessarily result from legalist activism. Instead, migration stories furnish alternative sources of identity that can mitigate these effects and spur the translation of legalist struggle into radical-democratic unionism. My analysis is based on interviews with immigrant workers who led a highly unusual movement of resistance from 1995-2005 at a large beef processing plant in Washington State.

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Kaoru Miyazawa

present, as well as to develop aspirations related to family, education, and career. This article examines how a young Jamaican girl, who immigrated to the United States after experiencing a teenage pregnancy and an abortion, participated in AOUM classes