Nicholas De Genova :The Incorrigible Subject of the Migrant Metropolis
The material and practical techniques and technologies of contemporary border policing and immigration law enforcement are only apprehensible in relation to “irregular” or “illegal” migrants. These humble border crossers represent the incorrigible subject of virtually all contemporary border regimes. In response to these the diverse infrastructures and practices of border patrol must be understood to be that of reaction formations. The migrant metropolis thus becomes an extension of these borders into the nation-state space through immigration law enforcement a disruptive force that dislocates borders and redirect struggles as urban struggles.
Nicholas De Genova is Reader in Urban Geography and Director of the Cities Research Group at King’s College London.