Governing through responsibilization: Managing unwanted migrants in the Netherlands
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SourceKrisis, 2016, 2, (2016), pp. 1-13
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ RSCR CAOS
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
This article aims at analysing which forms of border-crossing and residency are considered problematic. Moreover, images of migrant 'illegality' as evoked as well as images promoting outwardly delegated forms of governing migration are put under scrutiny. Apart from problematizing the image of the unwanted migrant as called upon in mobilizing civil society, this article redescribes how 'responsibilization' of non-state actors redistributes power by using Foucault's analysis of governmentality as a conceptual framework. Furthermore, the appeal made by former Secretary of State Teeven will be contextualized by Dutch migration policies aimed at countering migrant illegality since the 1990s as well the promotion of active citizenship since the 1970s; the assumption is that both developments shape the conditions surrounding the possibility of 'responsibilization' as a tactic of governance in the Netherlands. By doing so, the forms of thought, conduct and subjectivity that constitute responsibilization of non-state actors in the field of controlling unwanted migration will be evaluated.
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