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    Neoliberalism, securitization and racialization in the Irish taxi industry


    Maguire, Mark and Murphy, Fiona (2013) Neoliberalism, securitization and racialization in the Irish taxi industry. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16 (1). ISSN 1367-5494

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    Abstract

    The Irish taxi industry was deregulated in 2000 during an era of neoliberal reform and record economic growth. Driving a taxi became a popular occupation for new immigrants, and the industry came to be associated with racial tensions. Today, the taxi industry is undergoing a process of re-regulation that includes a variety of security and identification measures. This article explores contested trends in governance, contemporary interventions that make use of new technologies and processes of subjectification such as racialization. We draw on several years of ethnographic research on the integration of African migrants in Ireland, which includes an exploration of labour integration, and extend this work here. We retrace the political rationalities behind deregulation and re-regulation and show the specific ways in which security interventions manifest themselves. We also look to the ways in which racialization processes operate within the industry and are nested in the modes of governance and (in)securitization.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Migration; neoliberalism; racialization; security; taxi industry;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 4790
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549413508751
    Depositing User: Mark Maguire
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 15:41
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cultural Studies
    Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
    Refereed: Yes
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