Journal article

Governmentality in Asian Migration Regimes: the Case of Labour Migration from Vietnam to Taiwan


Population, Space and Place | Wiley: 24 months | Published : 2017


The phenomenon of ‘runaway’ migrant contract workers in Asia has attracted considerable media attention. Drawing on a qualitative study in Vietnam and Taiwan, I examine the critical links between the neoliberal governmentality rationalities and technologies, the structural vulnerabilities that they produce, and the migrant worker's ‘technologies of the self’. In so doing, I point out that the ‘manufacturing’ of the ‘ideal’ migrant subject is a multi-actor and multilayered process that involves not only state and market actors but also the migrants themselves through their internalisation of subordination. I emphasise that illegality is not just a legal status but also a political tool for th..

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