Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Migration and pastoral power through life course: Evidence from Georgia

Language

English

Abstract

This article advances critical migration theory by exploring how pastoral power works through relational life courses. Extending governmentality accounts, we posit and trace the circulation of use, exchange, and surplus values across the life courses of migrants from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Field evidence shows how practices of migration, remitting, and familyhood are associated with dependent social relations and concealment, and negotiated through tests of truth of prayer, biographical management, and family remitting. This conduct of everyday life simultaneously invokes life courses as registers of resources and possibilities and subjects of the multiple governmentalities associated with recent discourse and European and Georgian migration policy initiatives, including “Safe Migration” and migration management systems. We conclude that studying how pastoral power works through relational life courses expands understanding of migration and, in the case of Georgia, highlights the importance of gender, family, and religious organisations for contemporary migration issues.

Keywords

Governmentality, Life course, Migration, Foucault, Religion, Georgia

Publication Date

5-2018

Source Publication Title

Geoforum

Volume

91

Start Page

97

End Page

107

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI

10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.023

ISSN (print)

00167185

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