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Title:Migration, Colonialism, Globalization: Histories of the Free -Subject and the Sovereign Nation-State
Author(s):Mongia, Radhika Viyas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Grossberg, Lawrence
Department / Program:Speech Communication
Discipline:Speech Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:I draw two main conclusions from my investigation: First, that colonial migration helps produce and institutionalize the very categories---of free labor and nationality---that undergird bourgeois political economy and the nation-state, which we now not only privilege in studying migration, but which are among the salient categories that organize our social world. And, second, that the normative content of the technologies that govern migration are irreducibly raced and gendered. I argue that since these technologies operate today, often in largely unchanged form, they help secure the continuing resilience of the colonial conjuncture between discourses of race, gender, and nationality. Current discussions of migration, diaspora, and national identity often concentrate on the malleability and hybridity of the cultural dimensions of identity. In contrast, my research suggests that we must take account of the force exerted by the regulatory technologies of modern migration that help (re)generate, rather than undermine, the colonial conjuncture between racialized-nationality, gendered nationalism, the "free" subject of bourgeois political economy, and the colonial genealogy of the modern state.
Issue Date:2000
Description:193 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990087
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2000

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