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Cosmopolitan Sex WorkersWomen and Migration in a Global City$
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Christine B.N. Chin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890910.001.0001

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Reestablishing Internal Borders of the Nation

Reestablishing Internal Borders of the Nation

Creatively Repressive State Strategies

(p.60) Chapter 3 Reestablishing Internal Borders of the Nation
Cosmopolitan Sex Workers

Christine B. N. Chin

Oxford University Press

Chapter Three discusses state efforts to manage the population of regular and irregular transnational migrants. The state pursues two unique strategies, respectively based on neoliberal tenets of ‘diversification’ and ‘privatisation’ for internal border management of the nation, especially in the world class city. The former strategy diversifies migrant nationalities in order to mitigate dominance of a few nationalities. The latter strategy transfers some key security operations to RELA, the civilian-citizen volunteer corps. This chapter’s analysis foregrounds the racialised-ethnicised, gendered, and classed dimensions in both strategies devised for state surveillance and control of migrants, including that of ‘foreign prostitutes’. Implemented concurrently with migratory pathways established by state liberalization of tourism and education services sectors, the strategies compound an already ‘vicious cycle’ of policies by broadening the conditions in which many more migrant men and women from many more nationalities are represented and treated as illegal aliens.

Keywords:   Foreign prostitutes, Irregular migrants, Diversification of migrant nationality, Privatisation of security operations, Illegality, Vicious Cycle of Policies, State Surveillance, RELA, Racial-ethnic, Gender

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