Sans-papiers and the Context of Political Struggle

Ticktin Miriam

in Casualties of Care

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269040
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950535 | DOI:
Sans-papiers and the Context of Political Struggle

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This chapter traces the shape of political action around immigration on the ground. Its own entry into this cluster of issues began with the question of the sans-papiers. The struggle of undocumented immigrants derives from many of the same unresolved issues and overlaps significantly with the questions and problems that spurred the riots. Both are shaped by France's history of colonialism as much as they are by the current context of “neoliberal” reforms. Both are a product of racially informed technologies of exclusion, and both are shaped by the history of immigrant labor. In some ways, the sans-papiers struggle is an earlier incarnation of the riots; in other ways, it is a parallel and overlapping struggle. The chapter also explores the political eruption of the sans-papiers in order to think about the context of its emergence and limits, and about the rise of a competing complex of institutions and practices of care.

Keywords: immigration; sans-papiers; immigrants; riots; France; colonialism; neoliberal reforms; labor; care

Chapter.  10992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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