Today, the edited volume by Martin Geiger and Antoine Pecoud “Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People” has been published. The contributions critically examine how “a core feature of contemporary migration politics lies in the claim to regulate and discipline the cross- border mobility of people “through”, “in the interest of” and “with the help of” the very individuals that cross national borders.” My contribution to this book discusses how migrant organisations try to resist these disciplining measures. Here is the abstract:
A Tale of Two Tactics: Civil Society and Competing Visions of Global Migration Governance from Below
Attempts to discipline migrants can be observed within the emerging global governance of migration framework. In response, migrant organizations have increasingly worked to establish a counter-discourse to paradigms such as the „management of migration“. By drawing on International Relations Theory (IRT) and social movement studies, I define four “agency-achieving strategies” that civil society actors use to advance their rights-based understanding of migration: first, agenda setting, which includes framing as well as acting as norm entrepreneurs; second, the use and creation of political opportunity structures; third, alliance building (“islands of persuasion”) and, fourth, ‘inside-outside’-strategies. These four measures will be analyzed in light of the different tactics employed by two “clusters” of migrant organizations towards the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
More info on the book, including the TOC and a sample chapter can be found here: http://us.macmillan.com/discipliningthetransnationalmobilityofpeople/MartinGeiger
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