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Us and Them?The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control$
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Bridget Anderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691593.001.0001

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The Chrysalis for Every Species of Criminal? Vagrancy, Settlement, and Mobility

The Chrysalis for Every Species of Criminal? Vagrancy, Settlement, and Mobility

(p.12) 1 The Chrysalis for Every Species of Criminal? Vagrancy, Settlement, and Mobility
Us and Them?

Bridget Anderson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 locates contemporary immigration within the historical concern of rulers with the mobility of the ruled, the relation between geographical and labour mobility and settlement and claims on the community. It examines the attempts to control the mobility of the poor in England from the fourteenth century onwards and how this was related to labour and an anxiety about social order. For centuries, it was the vagrant rather than the immigrant who was seen as a threat to social cohesion, the breeding ground for an anti-society of rogues and witches. The chapter explores the contemporary relevance of insights derived from this history of mobility in which control of movement which would now be characterized as ‘internal’ eventually became displaced on to national borders.

Keywords:   alms, criminality, property, locke, passports, settlement, poor laws, social cohesion, vagrancy, vagrancy acts, mobility

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