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Pathways to citizenship: Mediations of naturalization and Brazilian migrants in the United States


2009 2009

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This ethnographic study reveals how Brazilian immigrants go through the various stages of establishing themselves economically, culturally, and politically in the United States through the pathway to citizenship. Although often regarded as amnesty to illegal immigrants, the path to citizenship is recast here as an ensemble of procedures that consist of visas, interviews, fingerprinting, social security numbers, driver's licenses, bank accounts, credit cards, medical examinations, history tests, and oaths of allegiance that mediate the state regulated project of naturalization to the immigrant. This study uses the various stages of citizenship transition as a heuristic category to understand subject formations posited between the global city – here represented by New York – and the national project of creating naturalized citizens. I argue that, right from the outset at the consulate and the port of entry, the path to citizenship is transformative and generative, and that immigration/citizenship-related techniques of governmentality do not produce docile and compliant subjects. Through ethnographic interviews, I contend that the path to citizenship for Brazilian immigrants in New York City successfully creates a low wage workforce but transforms the promise of American citizenship from a story of national re-enchantment to a parody of docility.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Brazilian migrants; Brazilians; Citizenship; Green card; Immigration; Migrants; Naturalization; Path to citizenship
Title
Pathways to citizenship: Mediations of naturalization and Brazilian migrants in the United States
Author
Bertagnoli, Frederico
Number of pages
304
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0146
Source
DAI-A 70/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109465235
Advisor
Hegde, Radha S.
University/institution
New York University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3383841
ProQuest document ID
304952327
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304952327
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