This chapter engages with the instability of the category of “migrant” and the importance of state controls over time to creating and governing this figure. Focusing on documents and status and associated temporalities as productive helps us reconnect the bifurcated categories of migrant and citizen. Using the UK as an example it explores three areas where documentary temporalities are of crucial importance: work and sponsorship; asynchronicities between subjective experiences and bureaucratic requirements; and naturalisation processes. Attention to documents as illustrations of the multiple ways in which labour relations and social rights are governed temporally, and conversely to the temporal implications of how work and social rights are governed can help us escape the methodological nationalism of the assumed difference between ‘migrant’ and ‘citizen’.
|Title of host publication||Paper Trais: migrants, documents and legal insecurity in the global north|
|Editors||Josiah Heyman, Sarah Horton|
|Publisher||Duke University Press|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Dec 2019|
- employer sponsorship
- immigration enforcement
- methodological nationalism