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Circulez, y a [pas d’Etat] à voir : Documents de voyage et identifi cation des ressortissants d’un Etat non reconnu

Abstract : Move along, there’s [no State] to see. Travel documents and identifi cation of nationals from a non-recognized State

The transnational mobility of the 23 million Taiwanese is inversely proportional to the degree of recognition of their State. In their case, for destination countries, the fundamental tension between facilitating freedom of movement and ensuring security, which is the basis of the need for travel documentation, is shifted. The issue at stake is less to keep these people under close watch than to avoid giving recognition to their State. An analysis of the passports, visas, and identifi cation papers of Taiwanese travelling abroad highlights processes of neutralization, inversion, suspension proper to the Foucauldian heterotopia in order to resolve this shifted tension. The argument follows a dual diachrony: that of the journey in its three sequences – departure, entry, and the sojourn abroad – and, within each of the three respective sequences, that of the regulations adopted by foreign States in order to attract nationals from a State that they refuse to recognize.
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Françoise Mengin. Circulez, y a [pas d’Etat] à voir : Documents de voyage et identifi cation des ressortissants d’un Etat non reconnu. Sociétés politiques comparées, 2017, pp.1 - 29. ⟨hal-01523951⟩

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