Soli publications 2020

  • Tapaninen, Anna-Maria & Ilpo Helén. 2020. Making-up families: How DNA Analysis Does/Does not verify relatedness in family reunification in Finland. Biosocieties DOI: 10.1057/s41292-019-00148-6

This article examines the role of DNA testing in immigration practices in which individuals and their kin relationships are modified as objects of investigation: defined, categorised and “made up” (Hacking 2002) as families. Our analysis focuses on the interplay of documents (or lack thereof), narratives and DNA analysis that produces evidentiary facts and knowledge about migrants and, simultaneously, forges relationships between individuals, families and other collectives. Our analysis of the Finnish administrative and legal data concerning family reunification shows that DNA testing does much more than just provide evidence of the existence of a genetic tie between alleged family members; testing can also be translated into proof of ‘true’ families or extended to test the credibility of the applicants. Via translations and extensions, the accuracy of DNA analysis is intertwined with the contingencies of decision-making in the context of immigration management. Related to this, the article demonstrates that DNA testing supports the process by which immigration authorities in the Global North constitute the family as contingent, indefinite and even arbitrary, rather than consolidating a clear and solid model of eligibility for family reunification.

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The article engages with the notion of temporal borders to examine how the temporary student residence permit punctuates migrants’ lived experiences. The right of student-migrant-workers to move across borders is repeatedly delayed and obstructed through slow residence permit processes, while the need to secure a sufficient economic income remains, resulting in a process of including student-migrants in the temporal regime of global labour purportedly as a flexible labour force. The fracturing of time into one-year sequences according to the length of the permit reflects a contemporary project logic ingrained in society and gives rise to a punctuated temporality among student-migrant-workers.

  • Maury, O. (2020) Between a Promise and a Salary: Student-Migrant-Workers’ Experiences of Precarious Labour Markets. Work, Employment and Society 34(5): 809-825.

The article contributes to the sociological analysis of the increasingly fragmented figures of labour as well as to the study of unpaid work as a driver of precarisation. It examines the incidence of unpaid work within a variety of contractual settings and sectors. The findings suggest that exploitation with regard to the subjective capacity to produce is facilitated through the imposition of unpaid work hours on legally constrained migrants in precarious employment.

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