Anti-Immigrantism in Western Democracies: Statecraft, Desire by Roxanne Ly Doty

By Roxanne Ly Doty

Anti-Immigrantism in Western Democracies seems to be at immigrantism within the US, the united kingdom and France in the context of globalisation and questions our realizing of the 'state'.

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30 It goes without saying, for Huntington, that the meaning of the phrase “the same kind of people” is unproblematic and in no need of elaboration. His slippage from place of origin to “kinds of people” is perhaps some kind of Freudian slip, but is illustrative of neo-racism. ” This distinction enables Huntington to dismiss, erase, 24 Globalizing world – dangers and differences make invisible inhabitants prior to European settlers. As with Brimlow, the purity of the American core requires such an erasure.

Neither friend nor foe, the stranger is inherently undecidable. Physically close yet remote, the stranger is a constant threat to the spatial ordering of the world. The stranger is at the margins, always already decoded and deterritorialized, ineradicably ambivalent. Today in the late twentieth century there are many strangers in the world. Strangers in the form of immigrants (legal and illegal) and refugees are dispersed throughout the world calling into question established spatial images of domesticity versus anarchy and chaos, giving rise to intense desires for order and stability and an easily identifiable community.

The figure of the pauper in the first half of the nineteenth century bears a significant resemblance to the figure of the illegal immigrant in the United States today. Images of pauperism stressed feelings of fluidity and indefiniteness, conveying the impression, at once massive and vague. It was a composite population, which encircled the social order from within, from its tenements, its industrial agglomerations. 38 Several weapons were used to combat pauperism, most of which would be considered inclusive, for example, mutual aid societies, insurance, and education.

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