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Risk-Management Approaches in the Post 9/11 Era: A Case Study of Security Provisions within the Context of the US

Wong, Jessica LU (2013) SIMV73 20131
Graduate School
Abstract
In the aftermath of 9/11, a heightened development of security provisions within the United States of America (US) has been observed. This thesis seeks to study how these security provisions have influenced the process of a securitization of migration and the conceptualization of migrants within the US. This research paper applies Foucault’s notion of biopower to study this issue by examining risk-management approaches consisting of enhanced border security, public surveillance and the use of biometrics. A content analysis on post 9/11 security measures include the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program in order to study the immense power these security provisions hold.... (More)
In the aftermath of 9/11, a heightened development of security provisions within the United States of America (US) has been observed. This thesis seeks to study how these security provisions have influenced the process of a securitization of migration and the conceptualization of migrants within the US. This research paper applies Foucault’s notion of biopower to study this issue by examining risk-management approaches consisting of enhanced border security, public surveillance and the use of biometrics. A content analysis on post 9/11 security measures include the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program in order to study the immense power these security provisions hold. Results show that these policies and programs have subsequently framed certain bodies, specifically individuals from Arab and Muslim states as a threatening Other. This is further highlighted after examining migration trends of nonimmigrant students and temporary visitors entering the US from Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East. After 9/11 an observable decrease in admissibility is most notable in the Middle East in contrast to Southeast Asia and South America. This holds various ethical implications as it can lead to a cultural polarization within the society. (Less)
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author
Wong, Jessica LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV73 20131
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
security policies, securitization of migration, risk-management, biopower, United States of America
language
English
id
3807409
date added to LUP
2013-06-14 12:07:03
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2013-06-14 12:07:03
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  abstract     = {In the aftermath of 9/11, a heightened development of security provisions within the United States of America (US) has been observed. This thesis seeks to study how these security provisions have influenced the process of a securitization of migration and the conceptualization of migrants within the US. This research paper applies Foucault’s notion of biopower to study this issue by examining risk-management approaches consisting of enhanced border security, public surveillance and the use of biometrics. A content analysis on post 9/11 security measures include the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program in order to study the immense power these security provisions hold. Results show that these policies and programs have subsequently framed certain bodies, specifically individuals from Arab and Muslim states as a threatening Other. This is further highlighted after examining migration trends of nonimmigrant students and temporary visitors entering the US from Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East. After 9/11 an observable decrease in admissibility is most notable in the Middle East in contrast to Southeast Asia and South America. This holds various ethical implications as it can lead to a cultural polarization within the society.},
  author       = {Wong, Jessica},
  keyword      = {security policies,securitization of migration,risk-management,biopower,United States of America},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Risk-Management Approaches in the Post 9/11 Era: A Case Study of Security Provisions within the Context of the US},
  year         = {2013},
}