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Center for Advanced Study
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 South Gregory; Urbana IL
Apr 28, 2017   3:00 pm  
Nicole Constable; Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Free and Open to the Public

Migratory Surveillance, Precarious Labor, and Strategic Resistance in Hong Kong

Drawing from ethnographic research conducted in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016, this talk explores the meaning of new forms of migratory surveillance and their impact on the lives of Southeast Asian migrant workers. Professor Constable asks how particular forms of surveillance--such as the minutia of the new electronic passport system introduced by the Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong in 2015--are linked to the state's commitment to modernize, rationalize, and create what James Scott calls 'legibility' of its citizens, on the one hand. Yet they also reveal an array of fundamental social tensions, cultural misunderstandings, and the precarity, as well as the profound and strategic agency, of migrant workers, on the other hand.

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