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Migration Policies and Materialities of Identification in European Cities
Papers and Gates, 1500-1930s

ISBN 9780367585303
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

This book focusses on the instruments, practices, and materialities produced by various authorities to monitor, regulate, and identify migrants in European cities from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Whereas research on migration regulation typically looks at local policies for the early modern period and at state policies for the contemporary period, this book avoids the stalemate of modernity narratives by exploring a long-term genealogy of migration regulation in which cities played a pivotal role. The case studies range from early modern Venice, Stockholm and Constantinople, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century port towns and capital cities such as London and Vienna.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction  Introduction: Migration Policies and Materialities of Identification in European Cities: Papers and Gates, 1500–1930s  Part II: Early Modern Period  1. Controlling and Documenting Migration via Urban “Spaces of Arrival” in Early Modern Venice  2. Controlling Strangers: Identifying Migrants in Early Modern Frankfurt am Main  3. Ordering Identification: Migrants, Material Culture and Social Bonds in Stockholm, 1650–1720  4. Documents and Local Networks: Monitoring Migrants and Workers in Eighteenth-Century Turin  5. From Community Registers to Domestic Passports: The Migration Regime in Ottoman Istanbul  6. Documents, Migration, and Governance in Imperial Russian Towns  Part III: Modern Period  7. Receiving, Selecting, and Rejecting Foreign Migrants and Refugees in Port Cities: A Comparison of Bordeaux and Marseille During the Early Nineteenth Century  8. The Use of Travel and Identity Documents in Antwerp During the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century  9. Mapping Identification and Municipal Policy Towards Migration in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna and Budapest  10. The Practice of Control and the Illusion of Evidence: Passports and Personal Identification in Cities of Habsburg Austria  11. Producing the “Undocumented Migrant”: Registration and Deportation in Early Twentieth Century London and Berlin  12. Roma Under Surveillance in Urban Context: Control, Identification, and Expulsion in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, 1900s-1930s.  Part IV: Conclusion  Conclusion: Cities and States: Papers and Walls

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Hilde Greefs is Associate Professor in History at the University of Antwerp and is affiliated with the Centre for Urban History.

Anne Winter is Associate Professor in History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.