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Reading: Contesting Family in Finnish and Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy

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Contesting Family in Finnish and Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy

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Randy K. Lippert ,

Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Windsor, N9B 3P4, CA
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Miikka Pyykkönen

Cultural policy (Y33), P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä, FI
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Abstract

Adopting a governmentality perspective, this article explores the multiconceptuality of family in Finnish and Canadian immigration and refugee policy domains by analyzing official and political discourse. Contestation is found to typically manifest as conflict between Western ‘nuclear’ and non-Western ‘extended’ understandings of family. We argue that family is persistent in immigration and refugee policies of both countries because it continues to be thought of as an effective tool for biopolitical governance of national populations. A closer reading of the contestation over family also reveals competing neoliberal and neoconservative governmental rationalities situated within broader integration assemblages.
How to Cite: Lippert, R.K. and Pyykkönen, M., 2012. Contesting Family in Finnish and Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(1), pp.45–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0026-9
Published on 01 Mar 2012.
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