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Pregnant on Arrival: Making the Illegal Immigrant

Eithne Luibhéid


This book-length study explores the discursive construction of pregnant migrants in Ireland as paradigmatic figures of illegal immigration; the measures that were taken in response; and the cultural, social, and economic consequences of these developments for migrants and citizens. It argues that these Irish transformations drew on and contributed to similar transformations globally, including in the United States, where controversies over pregnant migrants legitimized legal changes that rendered increasing numbers of migrants “illegal,” reconfigured multiple social hierarchies—and generated r ... More

Keywords: Queer, Illegal immigration, Ethnic Studies, Transnational sexualities/feminisms, Ireland/ Irish studies, Citizenship, Asylum, Pregnant migrant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680993
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eithne Luibhéid, author