Assembling the Local Politics of Noncitizenship: Contesting the Rights of Precarious Legal Status Migrants in Toronto-Sanctuary City
Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology
Discussant: Dr. Ulrike Hamann, BIM
This paper forms part of a larger project on contemporary transformations in the local politics of noncitizenship. The project draws from the extended case study method to examine political contestations over the formal and substantive rights to education and healthcare of precarious noncitizens in Toronto, Canada. Drawing on scholarship on precarious noncitizenship, and the insights of assemblage theory, I consider how state regulations, professional networks, cultural narratives and discretion come together to assemble the terms of membership for migrant noncitizenship. Analysis of the local assembling of noncitizen rights and entitlements demonstrates the regulatory and discursive fragility of the liberal-multicultural welcome for migrants; and, specifies the conceptual terrain of contemporary battles over the terms of membership for migrant noncitizens. In this presentation I examine one component of the assemblages of noncitizenship politics. I draw on interview data with precarious legal status parents of school age children and precarious legal status youth to consider the complex regulatory and moral terrain in which migrants negotiate the right to access public schooling.
Patricia Landolt is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the relationship between differential inclusion and global migration. Her current research focuses on legal status and precarious noncitizenship as emerging fault lines of social inequality in Canada. She has conducted research on transnational migration, immigrant and refugee political incorporation, precarious work and income insecurity.
The lecture is financially supported by the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research (BIM) and is open to public.