Reproduction and the expanding border: pregnant migrants as a ‘problem’ in the 2014 Immigration Act

Lonergan, Gwyneth (2023) Reproduction and the expanding border: pregnant migrants as a ‘problem’ in the 2014 Immigration Act. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385 (In Press)

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This paper explores the construction of the UK National Health Service (NHS) as a ‘bordering scape’, and the depiction of pregnant migrants as an especial problem, in policy documents and Parliamentary debates around the 2014 Immigration Act. Migrant women’s reproductive practices have long been an object of state anxiety, and a target of state intervention. However, this has been largely overlooked in recent scholarship on the proliferation and multiplication of internal bordering processes. This paper addresses this gap and contributes to conceptualisations of bordering processes as situated and intersectional, arguing that discourses and anxieties around the reproduction of the nation-state play an important role in informing the construction of the proliferating internal border. These discourses and anxieties, which are heavily gendered and racialised, interact with the specificities of individual bordering sites in shaping both bordering processes, and the production of different individuals and groups within these processes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust, Grant number 209915/Z/17/Z. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled Keywords: bordering, citizenship, gender, migration, reproduction
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2023 10:01
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2023 10:45

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