- Examines how various authorities have created knowledge about and constructed “illegal” immigration as an ethical problem.
- Analyzes the tactics that have been deployed to govern immigration, particularly at the US-Mexico border.
- Using an ethnographic approach, draws on primary source materials – including government publications, archival documents, newspapers, and popular magazines.
- Studies measures (e.g. Operation Gatekeeper and Operation Hold-the-Line) for reforming the conduct of “illegal” immigrants in order to forestall illicit border crossings.
- Frames the study of immigration within Foucauldian theories of governmentality.
- Highlights the role of numbers and statistics in constructing the “illegal” immigrant.
Introduction: Government and Immigration.
Part I: Ethopolitics and the Management of In/security.
The Ethos of Responsibility.
Making Ethical Subjects.
The Government of the Marginal.
Racing the Unethical.
Part II: Producing “The Illegal,” or Making Up Subjects.
Government and Numbers.
Practices of Enumeration.
Ethical Territories of Exclusion.
Part III: Anti-Citizenship Technologies and the Regulation of the Border.
Governing Through Crime.
Assembling an Anti-Citizenship Technology.
Securitizing the Border.
The Aftermath of “Terror”.
Surfeit of Dead Bodies.
Dying in Abandonment.