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Figure of the Migrant (Hardcover) (Thomas Nail)

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This book offers a much-needed new political theory of an old phenomenon. The last decade alone has marked the highest number of migrations in recorded history. Constrained by environmental, economic, and political instability, scores of people are on the move. But other sorts of changesfrom global tourism to undocumented laborhave led to the fact that to some extent, we are all becoming migrants. The migrant has become the political figure of our time.Rather than viewing migration as the exception to the rule of political fixity and citizenship, Thomas Nail reinterprets the history of political power from the perspective of the movement that defines the migrant in the first place. Applying his "kinopolitics" to several major historical conditions (territorial, political, juridical, and economic) and figures of migration (the nomad, the barbarian, the vagabond, and the proletariat), he provides fresh tools for the analysis of contemporary migration.
This book offers a much-needed new political theory of an old phenomenon. The last decade alone has marked the highest number of migrations in recorded history. Constrained by environmental, economic, and political instability, scores of people are on the move. But other sorts of changesfrom global tourism to undocumented laborhave led to the fact that to some extent, we are all becoming migrants. The migrant has become the political figure of our time.

Rather than viewing migration as the exception to the rule of political fixity and citizenship, Thomas Nail reinterprets the history of political power from the perspective of the movement that defines the migrant in the first place. Applying his "kinopolitics" to several major historical conditions (territorial, political, juridical, and economic) and figures of migration (the nomad, the barbarian, the vagabond, and the proletariat), he provides fresh tools for the analysis of contemporary migration.

Number of Pages: 295
Genre: Philosophy, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Political, Human Geography, Emigration + Immigration
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Author: Thomas Nail
Language: English
Street Date: September 23, 2015
TCIN: 46761433
UPC: 9780804787178
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7183
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