[Marxism] New Politics and immigrants

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at berkeley.edu
Wed Mar 29 21:12:38 MST 2006

Not understanding Steinberg's argument. When did illegal aliens
come to be the cause of black misery rather than the evisceration
of affirmative action and civil rights law, the assault on a real minimum wage
and union power and public education, and the neo liberal idea that only those
who valorize capital should be employed (unless
they want to work for the army, or in prison)? How does it make ethical or
practical sense to imply the need for tougher border controls
(and thus more death) and a more severe criminalization
of the poor and powerless? Is Steinberg try to create a race war
at the bottom of society? This seems to me a very irresponsible

Also Steinberg does not seem to understand that
skilled immigrant labor does not take jobs away from Americans
but raises the level of the workforce as a whole and
ensures the preeminence of American companies on a world
scale, an advantage
which redounds to most Americans. It's called the brain drain; the question
is how some of that value can be repatriated.

Sorry I missed the whole marxmail debate about immigration. And
I intend to read.

from Blackwell Publishers 2006.

Targeting Immigrants
Government, Technology, and Ethics
By: JONATHAN XAVIER INDA (University of California, Santa Barbara)

This book is concerned with the government of "illegal" immigration 
since the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, exploring how 
certain mentalities and intellectual machineries have rendered 
illegal immigrants as targets of government.
	*	Examines how various authorities have created 
knowledge about and constructed "illegal" immigration as an ethical 
	*	Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to 
govern immigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border.
	*	Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary 
source materials - including government publications, archival 
documents, newspapers, and popular magazines.
	*	Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and 
Operation Hold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of "illegal" 
immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings.
	*	Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian 
theories of governmentality.
	*	Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in 
constructing the "illegal" immigrant.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction: Government and Immigration
Part I: Ethopolitics and the Management of In/security
The Ethos of Responsibility
Making Ethical Subjects
The Government of the Marginal
Racing the Unethical
Part II: Producing "The Illegal," or Making Up Subjects
Government and Numbers
Legislating Illegality
Practices of Enumeration
Surveying Routines
Ethical Territories of Exclusion
After 9/11
Part III: Anti-Citizenship Technologies and the Regulation of the Border
Governing Through Crime
Assembling an Anti-Citizenship Technology
Securitizing the Border
The Aftermath of "Terror"
Surfeit of Dead Bodies
Dying in Abandonment
Part IV: Iteration
References Cited

Detailed contents

About the Author

Jonathan Xavier Inda is Assistant Professor in the Department of 
Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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