By Miriam I. Ticktin
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I never had trouble. ” Ahmad is just one example of a tension between industry wanting and needing labor and the state refusing to let people in legally. Stated otherwise, he exemplifies the contradictions between capital and labor, where capital flows relatively freely while labor cannot. One might say that undocumented immigrants are desired precisely because they can be denied all rights.
And yet, as this book shows, as part of a politics of care and protection, both humanitarianism and the movement against violence against women exceed a biomedical, rational logic; the biological is always mediated by the gendered and racialized narratives that allow certain people and bodies to be identified as morally legitimate, as worthy of being saved. In this sense, both humanitarianism and the struggle against violence against women foreground not only physical pathology but cultural pathology.
In each of these chapters, I am interested in the form the suffering body takes; what signifiers are used to render it morally legitimate? 26 introduction Part 3 discusses the consequences and effects of a politics of care, arguing that they are, ultimately, antipolitical. Chapter 5 focuses on the struggle around human trafficking and a subset of this—that around modern slavery—which takes place in many of the same moralizing terms, through similar institutions and logics as other regimes of care.