Citizenship and orientalism: Strategies and technologies for the governance of migrations

Iker Barbero
Publication date: 
August 2014
Publication type: 
Journal article

Academic and institutional discourses about the threat that immigration poses to the so-called Western rationality and democratic values are increasingly frequent.We could lavel these discourses as neo-Orientalist because of its aim to refer to the (Muslim) migrant as the savage, uncivilized, terrorist 'other', an 'anti-citizen.In this sense, this article will reflect about how citizenship, following the neo-Orientalist logic, has become a set of orinetations, discourses, practices and policies for the governance of migration.Indeed, these are the guidelines through which neoliberal globalization liberalize the free movement of citizens and «westernized» foreign persons while subject to technologies of citizenship and borders to different subjects, regarded as eternal outsiders, or even aliens, because of their incivility, hazards, ultimately, for their unintegrability.

Spanish Journal of Immigration Law, N. 36, 2014, ps. 303-321
Revista de derecho migratorio y extranjería, N. 36, 2014, ps. 303-321
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