IMMIGRATION AND NEO-LIBERALISM: THREE STORIES AND COUNTER ACCOUNTS. / Agyemang, Gloria; Lehman, Cheryl R; Annisette, Marcia .

IMMIGRATION AND NEO-LIBERALISM: THREE STORIES AND COUNTER ACCOUNTS. 2013.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

In preparation

Documents

Abstract

Abstract

Purpose –
This paper advocates for critical accounting’s contribution to immigration debates as part of its core agenda for advancing social justice and potential role in significant debates. We focus on how global immigration policies are driven by neo-liberalist restructuring, thinking, and tactics, and counter these competitive modalities with “real accounts” – those of immigrants’ stories.

Methodology –
The work illustrates three neo-liberalist strategies: information profiling, responsibilization, and expansion of knowledge networks that employ accounting technologies to monitor people and organisations, and privilege market rationalities in immigration policies. The paper provides three case studies from the US, the UK and Canada to demonstrate the impacts these neo-liberalist immigration policies have on people lives. It analyses the stories of immigrant narratives as counter accounts of immigration policies.

Originality –
The work is a unique contribution to the underdeveloped study of immigration in critical accounting. By unmasking accounting’s roles and revealing techniques underpinning immigration discourses, enhanced ways of researching the impacts of immigration policies are possible.

Research implications/limitations –
The work reveals the illusion of accounting technology as neutral, and immigrants as market rationalizers, but rather distinguishes immigrants as social agents with capabilities and aspirations. No single story captures the nuances and complexities and thus further development is encouraged.

Findings -
The paper suggests through the narratives and stories of immigrants critical and counter accounting for immigration may be developed.

Paper Type - Research Papers

Key words – immigration, accountability, neo-liberalism, narratives, critical accounting and governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMMIGRATION AND NEO-LIBERALISM: THREE STORIES AND COUNTER ACCOUNTS
Publication statusIn preparation - 9 Jul 2013
This open access research output is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

ID: 18498004