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Paper 110: Governing the social and the problem of the ‘stranger

Gordon Hughes

This paper addresses the changing governance of the social through the conjunction of international, national and local strategies where attempts to both regulate migration and asylum seeking and promote community safety meet. Migration has been increasingly subjected to processes of ‘securitisation’ and ‘criminalisation’ that encounter and align with new pressures in ‘domestic’ and local crime and safety policies. The paper offers a critical evaluation of the sociological grand narratives that attempt to frame these events. The paper concludes by arguing for a more nuanced social scientific analysis of the instabilities and volatilities of governance strategies and practices – and the normative and political issues that they bring into view.

Working Paper 110: Governing the social and the problem of the ‘stranger, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, July (2008)