Boundaries of the State and Politics of Everyday Life in Ireland

Maguire, Mark and Murphy, Fiona (2012) Boundaries of the State and Politics of Everyday Life in Ireland. Anthropology News, 53 (2). pp. 6-7. ISSN 1541-6151

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The UNHCR (2006) has expressed concern about “the securitization of migration,” especially the fortification of borders, long periods of detention in camps, and the “off-shore” processing of refugees. Anthropologists are attending to how nation-states control migrants and, indeed, categorize them as refugees and asylum seekers. Research has also explored detention centres as assemblages of humanitarian care and state security, often drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben to disclose the operations of power and an “anthropology of suffering.” But asylum seekers have too often been represented as voiceless victims, capable only of accommodating power or occasionally resisting it. Alternative research frames are possible, and alternative visions are available within and beyond “the camp” as the political space of modernity. Ireland offers interesting insights in this regard.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Boundaries of the State and Politics; Everyday Life in Ireland;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
Item ID: 3531
Depositing User: Mark Maguire
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 12:35
Journal or Publication Title: Anthropology News
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
Refereed: Yes

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