(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Performing homeland security within the US immigrant detention system

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Univ., Stony Brook, ETATS-UNIS


This paper examines the critical role played by the US immigrant detention and deportation apparatus in the construction of contemporary imaginaries of homeland security. Through research conducted in Ecuador with detained migrants’ families and deported migrants, it scrutinizes the behavior of detention personnel and the experiences of detainees. Data illustrate how the US detention system becomes an integral part of the governmental apparatus behind homeland security imaginaries. It contends that employees’ interactions with detainees play an important and under-recognized role in performing homeland security imaginaries by perpetuating and reinforcing negative tropes of immigrants as criminalized, dangerous outsiders. This papercontributes to understanding ways in which multiple and overlapping governmentalities work recursively in the country’s immigration apparatus, as well as shedding light on the typically opaque detention and deportation process


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no4 [pp. 571-588]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.



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