HOW GENDERED IS THE EUROPEAN MIGRATION REGIME?

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Based on a two-year ethnographic research project on the making of European migration policy, this article explores the ways in which gender is deeply inscribed in the articulations, practices, and rationalities of the new European migration regime. It focuses on the area of “anti-trafficking” policies at national and transnational levels, showing how and why an “anti-trafficking dispositif ” has been created over the last twenty years. Anti-trafficking policy, which targets women in particular, has become one of the main pillars of a restrictive, Europeanized migration and border regime. The article offers theoretical and methodological approaches to this gendering of migration policy, and asks what such a co-optation of feminist discourses and practices means for reflexive feminist cultural theory, research, and practice.

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anti-trafficking, gender, border regime, ethnographic regime analyses

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Hess, S., (2012) “HOW GENDERED IS THE EUROPEAN MIGRATION REGIME?”, Ethnologia Europaea 42(2), p.51-68. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1097

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Sabine Hess (University of Göttingen)

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