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Title: Strategies of Navigation: Migrants' Everyday Encounters with Italian Immigration Bureaucracy
Authors: Tuckett, A
Keywords: Bureaucracy;Documents;Illegality;Italy;Migration;The state
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Citation: The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 2015, 33 (1)
Abstract: Successful encounters with bureaucratic systems require users to be familiar with ‘insider’ rules, attitudes 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.
ISSN: 0305-7674
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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