Performing spaces; Structures of Control and Claims of Rights in sites of ‘Irregularity’

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Performing spaces; Structures of Control and Claims of Rights in sites of ‘Irregularity’
Author(s) Kullving, Linus
Date 2011
English abstract
In dialogue with Critical perspectives in the field of Forced migration, this thesis aims to explore the spaces of „irregularity‟ regarding unaccompanied minors living non-status in the city of Malmö. With a theoretical departure in the ontological ideas of Hanna Arendt and Giorgio Agamben, the perspective of the Autonomy of Migration, and the concepts of „Acts of Citizenship‟, the thesis argues that these spaces are structured by multiple mechanisms of control, such as deportability, racism, poverty and precarity. In addition, the thesis investigates how these structures of control are contested by the minors. As the „irregular‟ subject in its presence challenges the Nation-state „order‟, the study argues that all her or his acts must be interpreted as confrontations. Hence the study aims to highlight the claims of rights and freedoms performed, not only by the minors themselves but also by the social networks surrounding them. The research is built upon fieldwork with non-status minors, asylum rights activists and semi-grass root actors in the spring of 2011 in the city of Malmö. Influenced by Methodological and Epistemological perspectives of Critical Ethnography and Action Research, the thesis also contains a normative requisite to deconstruct and question hegemonies and marginalizing structures.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 52
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Irregular migration
Clandestinity
Unaccompanied children
Deportability
Acts of citizenship
Autonomy of migration
Critical theory
Critical Ethnography
Action research
Arendt
Agamben
Malmö
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12568 (link to this page)

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