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Migration Control and Strategies of Knowledge Production

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 November 2023

Christina Boswell
University of Edinburgh
Emile Chabal
University of Edinburgh
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This introductory chapter sets out the core arguments of the book. It introduces the key concepts and theoretical approach, including state rationality, strategies of knowledge production and state ignorance. It then outlines the three lenses for exploring ignorance: ignorance as omission, ignorance as strategy and ignorance as ascription. Finally, it sets the scene for the empirical analysis, introducing the issue of irregular migrants, and explaining the comparative research design that focuses on three case studies: France, Germany and the UK.

States of Ignorance
Governing Irregular Migrants in Western Europe
, pp. 1 - 32
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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