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Material practices of power – part II: forged passports as material dissents
2016 (English)In: Design Philosophy Papers, ISSN 1448-7136, E-ISSN 1448-7136, Vol. 14, no 1&2, p. 3-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While mundane for the privileged few, passports, as discussed in the first part of this paper (DPP vol. 13, no. 2), are rather strong, thick and extensive devices of articulating, partitioning and producing possibilities of access, movement and inhabitations in the world. They have emerged from a certain intersection of social and material forces and continue to produce and provide new environments of power relations. It was proposed that these articulations are better to be renamed as passporting, which recognizes the regimes of practices involved in such environments beyond the single artifact of passport. Part II takes much further this analysis through proposing four lines of reading the passporting regime: materialities; sensibilities; part-taking; and translating. These lines, which point to the ontological qualities of passporting, can also be enacted for intervening into the passporting regime which articulates to the current hegemonic order of mobility. I trace such possible interventions in the acts of forgery of passports. Forgery uses, enables, dissents and rearticulates these very four lines of the passporting regime in other directions than the ones imagined by their initial design. By discussing the practices of passport forgery in relation to the passporting regime, this article offers a material and critical understanding of the notions of citizenship and nationality.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 14, no 1&2, p. 3-18
Keywords [en]
Passports, material articulations, forgery, materialities, sensibilities, part-taking, translating, design politics, borders, irregular migration
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Design Cultural Studies Social Anthropology International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364699DOI: 10.1080/14487136.2016.1246833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-364699DiVA, id: diva2:1260012
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-07

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