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Seeking AsylumHuman Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border$
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Alison Mountz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665372

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665372.001.0001

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Seeing Borders Like a State

Seeing Borders Like a State

(p.23) Chapter 2 Seeing Borders Like a State
Seeking Asylum

Alison Mountz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how nation-states see undocumented migration in the form of human smuggling and work the interstitial spaces between policy and legality in which they operate. It draws connections between (1) asylum and protective mechanisms, and (2) smuggling and enforcement measures, looking at the clash of these mandates as a source of crisis for states. It also engages Louise Amoore’s notion that visuality functions as a key sense and affective register to enact sovereign power to “secure the nation.” Through such affective registers, state and media engage the public, and visuality becomes central to the advancement of enforcement agendas along borders during times of crisis.

Keywords:   borders, visuality, sovereignty, transnational migrations, migrants, nation-states, human smuggling, immigration policy, asylum

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