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The material life of bureaucratic worlds: medical certificates, asylum procedures and ethnographic research
Journal Title: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Author/s: Daniela Giudici 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 109-123 FullText PDF:  58 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2014-003007
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The ethnographic inquiry into everyday encounters between migrants and bureaucracies is confronted with the production of a multiplicity of official documents, which play a crucial role in migrants’ lives. A careful methodological revisit of the use of bureaucratic artefacts in the ethnographic research on migrations is therefore essential, not only in order to address the materiality of governance, but also in an attempt of exploring the potentials and limits of the contemporary anthropological approaches to the relations between humans and things. This paper builds on the variety of messages and intents conveyed by medical certificates in the context of asylum seeking in Italy, in order to reflect on the methodological entailments of the study of the social, political and affective dimensions of bureaucratic artefacts.
Keywords: Anthropology of documents, asylum, bureaucratic artefacts, ethnography, trauma, Italy.

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Daniela Giudici, The material life of bureaucratic worlds: medical certificates, asylum procedures and ethnographic research in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 3/2014, pp. 109-123, DOI:10.3280/MM2014-003007

   

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