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The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State


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November 1999

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This book examines the history of the passport and state control of population movement.


Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface; 1. Coming and going: on the state monopolization of the legitimate 'means of movement'; 2. 'Argus of the Patrie': the passport question in the French Revolution; 3. Sweeping out Augias' stable: the nineteenth-century conquest of freedom of movement; 4. Towards the 'Crustacean Type of Nation': the proliferation of identification documents from the late nineteenth-century to the First World War; 5. From national to postnational?: passports and constraints on movement from the Interwar to the Postwar era; Epilogue: a typology of 'papers'.

Pressestimmen

'With the world awash in refugees, immigrants, 'guest workers', travellers, and the occasional terrorist, an interpretative study of identity papers and passports is certainly timely - the more so since even as the administrative reach of individual states keeps growing with modern technology, international norms of human rights and a movement toward open borders in Europe work, ostensibly, to limit state power ... The historical sociologist John Torpey is well equipped to address these issues ... his canvass is wide and does ample justice to his subject.' The American Historical Review 'In this insightful, carefully documented, and analytically astute account, Torpey has laid out for us with elegance and clarity the history of the passport and the 'revolution identificatoire' of which it is an integral part. His theoretically sensitive treatment is essential to our understanding of the modern state system.' Journal of Modern History 'In this groundbreaking exploration of the passport's vicissitudes from the French Revolution to the present time, Torpey argues convincingly that the passport is important to our understanding of the nature of the state and the state system.' American Journal of Sociology 'In this insightful, carefully documented, and analytically astute account, Torpey has laid out for us with elegance and clarity the history of the passport and the 'revolution identificatoire' of which it is an integral part. His theoretically sensitive treatment is essential to our understanding of the modern state system. What Torpey has accomplished here is to have denaturalized, by close historical analysis, the utterly taken-for-granted, contemporary regime of passports.' James Scott, Journal of Modern History 'The ingenuity of this book is evident in the focus on the passport. This document represents a kind of sociological Geiger counter for all sorts of far-reaching social and political tensions - tensions arising from endemic struggles between state power and individuals' own notions of where they want to go and where they prefer to remain ... The Invention of the Passport is not just about passports, but also about the interests engaged in their use ... [an] excellent achievement.' Politics, Social Movements and the State 'In this insightful, carefully documents, and analytically astute account, Torpey has laid out for us with elegance and clarity the history of the passport and the 'revolution identificatoire' of which it is an integral part. His theoretically sensitive treatment is essential to our understanding of the modern state system.' Journal of Management History
EAN: 9780521634939
ISBN: 0521634938
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Law and S'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1999
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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