Contesting Family in Finnish and Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy
Lippert, R., & Pyykkönen, M. (2012). Contesting Family in Finnish and Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(1), 45-56. https://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0026-9
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Adopting a governmentality perspective, this article explores the multi-conceptuality of family in Finnish and Canadian immigration and refugee policy domains by analyzing official and political discourse. Contestation is found to typically manifest as conflict between Western ‘nuclear’ and non-Western ‘extended’ understandings of family. We argue that family is persistent in immigration and refugee policies of both countries because it continues to be thought of as an effective tool for biopolitical governance of national populations. A closer reading of the contestation over family also reveals competing neoliberal and neoconservative governmental rationalities situated within broader integration assemblages.
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