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    ‘Wandering and settled tribes’: biopolitics, citizenship, and the racialized migrant

    Topinka, Robert (2016) ‘Wandering and settled tribes’: biopolitics, citizenship, and the racialized migrant. Citizenship Studies 20 (3-4), pp. 444-456. ISSN 1362-1025.

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    This paper argues that purportedly outdated racial categories continue to resonate in contemporary forms of racialization. I examine the use of metaphors of rootedness and shadows by a contemporary UK migrant advocacy organization and its allies to justify migrant regularization and manage illicit circulation. I argue that the distinction between rooted and rootless peoples draws on the colonial and racial distinctions between wandering and settled peoples. Contemporary notions of citizenship continue to draw upon and activate racial forms of differentiation. Citizenship is thus part of a form of racial governance that operates not only along biological but also social and cultural lines, infusing race into the structures, practices, and techniques of governance.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Bio-politics, citizen, mobility, race, non-citizen, globalization
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Robert Topinka
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 14:43
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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