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Strategies of navigation: migrants' everyday encounters with Italian immigration bureaucracy

Tuckett, Anna (2015) Strategies of navigation: migrants' everyday encounters with Italian immigration bureaucracy. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 33 (1). pp. 113-128. ISSN 0305-7674

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Identification Number: 10.3167/ca.2015.330109

Abstract

Successful encounters with bureaucratic systems require users to be familiar with 'insider' rules and behaviour. This article examines migrants' everyday efforts to become and stay 'legal' in Italy, and shows how they need to develop particular strategies in order to do so. While these strategies help migrants in the short term, I argue that ultimately they enable the Italian state to reconcile its conflicting interests and reproduce migrants' marginal and insecure status in Italian society. Examining everyday mundane interactions with the state and its bureaucracy reveals the various ways in which state practices produce insecurity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 15:45
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2019 23:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62285

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