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Carceral economies of migration control.

Martin, Lauren L. (2021) 'Carceral economies of migration control.', Progress in human geography., 45 (4). pp. 740-757.


This article conceptualises carceral economies of migration control. First, I argue that “privatization” signals a reorganization of authority, rather than a relocation of ownership from public to private domains. Second, I argue for greater attention to the socio-technical practices of measurement and valuation specific to migration control through which commodification becomes possible. Third, this reorganization of authority has produced (1) status value, a form or value specific to immigration policing’s juridico-political position; and (2) valuation practices that translate, commensurate and circulate migrant life as a marketizable entity.

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Date accepted:05 June 2020
Date deposited:26 June 2020
Date of first online publication:15 July 2020
Date first made open access:16 July 2020

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