Paper Trails

Migrants, Documents, and Legal Insecurity

Paper Trails

Global Insecurities

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Book Pages: 288 Illustrations: Published: July 2020

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Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Sociology > Migration Studies

Across the globe states have long aimed to control the movement of people, identify their citizens, and restrict non-citizens' rights through official identification documents. Although states are now less likely to grant permanent legal status, they are increasingly issuing new temporary and provisional legal statuses to migrants. Meanwhile, the need for migrants to apply for frequent renewals subjects them to more intensive state surveillance. The contributors to Paper Trails examine how these new developments change migrants' relationship to state, local, and foreign bureaucracies. Among other topics, they analyze immigration policies in the United Kingdom, the issuing of driver's licenses in Arizona and New Mexico, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and community know-your-rights campaigns. By demonstrating how migrants are inscribed into official bureaucratic systems through the issuance of identification documents, the contributors open up new ways to understand how states exert their power and how migrants must navigate new systems of governance.

Contributors. Bridget Anderson, Deborah A. Boehm, Susan Bibler Coutin, Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, Sarah B. Horton, Josiah Heyman, Cecilia Menjívar, Juan Thomas Ordóñez, Doris Marie Provine, Nandita Sharma, Monica Varsanyi

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“The rich collection of case studies in Paper Trails remind us that states have increasingly refined their surveillance techniques. A must-read for anyone interested in how the issuing of the identifications and documents that pervade our everyday lives give states power over the populations—both citizens and immigrants—they govern.” — Leo R. Chavez, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

“Offering a unique way to think about the materiality of immigrant life and the ways that papers shape migrants' identities, experiences, rights, and sense of belonging, this volume tells a compelling story about the need to center documents in the study of international migration.” — Leisy J. Abrego, coeditor of We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States

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Sarah B. Horton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver, and author of They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality among U.S. Farmworkers.

Josiah Heyman is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas, El Paso, and coeditor of The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0845-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0794-4
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