The Microphysics of Deportation : A Critical Reading of Return Flight Monitoring Reports

In the paper, I argue there is a whole political logistics to deportation. This is made visible by bringing the concept of microphysics to bear on the topic. Taking the case of enforced and escorted removals from the UK, I show that this logistics is vividly and graphically documented in the inspect...

Author: Walters, William
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2019
Date of publication on miami:11.04.2019
Modification date:13.04.2021
Source:Proceedings of the 2018 ZiF Workshop "Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis", S. 161-185
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Subjects:Abschiebung auf dem Luftweg; Politische Logistik; Prüfberichte; Moralisierung; Michel Foucault air deportation; political logistics; inspection reports; ethicalization; Michel Foucault
DDC Subject:301: Soziologie, Anthropologie
353: Einzelne Bereiche der öffentlichen Verwaltung
License:CC BY-SA 4.0
Language:English
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-95189426200
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.17879/95189425134
Permalink:https://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-95189426200
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In the paper, I argue there is a whole political logistics to deportation. This is made visible by bringing the concept of microphysics to bear on the topic. Taking the case of enforced and escorted removals from the UK, I show that this logistics is vividly and graphically documented in the inspection reports. Hitherto largely ignored, inspection reports offer researchers a trove of information regarding the mechanisms and procedures of deportation. As I finally draw out, this focus can speak to questions about the relationship of ethics to deportation: the inspection reports show how a certain form of ethical calculation, based on a risk-based approach to the use of force has been inscribed into the practices of deportation.