Thursday, September 26, 2013
From the Bookshelves: Review of PRODUCING AND NEGOTIATING NON-CITIZENSHIP: PRECARIOUS LEGAL STATUS IN CANADA by Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt
Here is a review from Law and Politics Book Review of PRODUCING AND NEGOTIATING NON-CITIZENSHIP: PRECARIOUS LEGAL STATUS IN CANADA by Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt (eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. The review is by y Ethel Tungohan, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.
PRODUCING AND NEGOTIATING NON-CITIZENSHIP: PRECARIOUS LEGAL STATUS IN CANADA encourages its readers to look beyond binary depictions of migrant legality and illegality by considering the “conditionality” of migrants’ status. For Landolt and Goldring, “conditionality” highlights what they call the “chutes-and-ladders” process that defines migrants’ lives, whereby government policies and regulations and everyday interactions and negotiations with various actors in different sites can place migrants up the “ladder towards more presence and rights” or alternately “down a chute towards more vulnerability, fewer rights or less access and a more uncertain presence in Canada” (p.16). Through this concept, Landolt and Goldring point to the various manifestations of non-citizenship that exist in Canada and raise an important and oft-forgotten point among immigration and migration scholars: that non-citizenship can be best understood as a dynamic “assemblage” of experiences across time and across space, encompassing different types of migrants with varying legal status.
Here is the conclusion of the review:"In sum, by examining the various ways non-citizenship and illegality is manifested through policies, practices, and everyday encounters, PRODUCING AND NEGOTIATING NON-CITIZENSHIP widens one’s understanding of precarious status migrants’ lived realities. It should be required reading for academics, researchers, and students doing work on immigration and migration issues."