9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Drawing Legal/Illegal Boundaries and Ending Up With Semi-Legal Statuses: Consequences on Migrant's Situations and Actions Building II, C2.05

State of Imagination: Embodiments of Immigration Canada

The paper investigates Romanians' immigration to Canada, after the momentous changes of 1989. Such inquiry occasions, on the one hand, a critical analysis of the nature of states and modalities of state power, grounded in an empirical study of Canada's immigration policy. The state is conceived as a historically produced cultural construct, an 'idea' manifested in concrete practices. Selecting candidates for immigration involves a refined politics of making subjects, whereby the state is effected through disciplinary inscriptions on migrant's body and projects of the self, materializes in extraterritorial social spaces, and objectifies in governmentalities of 'external populations.' On the other hand, it opens a new space to explore the workings of the reflexive self in the late modern age. Rights to international mobility and its intricate formal regulation may generate not only hybrid sorts of legal subjects incompletely and imprecisely tied to two states, but also highly reflexive individuals, performatively enacting themselves as subjects of policies, discourses, and knowledges, from positions of ontological and emotional liminality.