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Carceral Economies of Migration Control

Martin, Lauren L.

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This article conceptualises carceral economies of migration control. First, I argue that “privatization” signals a reorganization of authority, rather than a relocation of ownership from public to private domains. Second, I argue for greater attention to the socio-technical practices of measurement and valuation specific to migration control through which commodification becomes possible. Third, this reorganization of authority has produced (1) status value, a form or value specific to immigration policing’s juridico-political position; and (2) valuation practices that translate, commensurate and circulate migrant life as a marketizable entity.


Martin, L. L. (2021). Carceral Economies of Migration Control. Progress in Human Geography, 45(4), 740-757.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 5, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 15, 2020
Publication Date Aug 1, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 26, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2020
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 1477-0288
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 4
Pages 740-757


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