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Us and Them?: The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control

Bridget Anderson


This book troubles the distinction between Us and Them, migrant and citizen. It explores how borders create social, political and economic relations and argues that these are not solely the concern of migrants. The exclusion of migrants helps define the privileges and limitations of citizenship, and close attention to the border (physical and metaphorical) reveals much about how we make sense of ourselves. The book explores how the migrant is a normative as well as a legal construct which is deeply problematic for technocratic policies. Immigration status is not only about legal technicalities ... More

Keywords: citizenship, community of value, criminality, immigration, liberalism, mobility, race and racism, state policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bridget Anderson, author
Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University