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Immigration, Emigration, and MigrationNOMOS LVII$
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Jack Knight

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860951

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860951.001.0001

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Citizens and Persons

Citizens and Persons

Chapter:
(p.202) 5 Citizens and Persons
Source:
Immigration, Emigration, and Migration
Author(s):

James Bohman

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479860951.003.0005

This commentary questions whether the utopian model of the postal service adequately captures current possibilities for ending a growing system of domination built around the criminalization and illegalization of migrants. Given that states are now committed to enlarging their current systems of domination over migrants, I offer an alternative to the role of the utopian ideal of the universal postal service that Resnik advances. I argue that more effective models would be based not on sovereign states but on such universal arrangements found in emerging new kinds of political units such as the European Union. Such a transnational approach, it seems to me, is both universal in scope and democratic in form.

Keywords:   postal service, criminalization, illegalization, migrants, universal postal service, internationalization, transnational, democracy

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