Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labor in Refugees Governmentality

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labor in Refugees Governmentality. Communication, Culture & Critique, 15(2), pp. 176-192. ISSN 1753-9129 [Article]

No full text available
[img] Text
CCC_Tazzioli_Manuscript-Extractive-Humanitarianism-final editors comments (SP].pdf - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only until 25 October 2023.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (569kB)

Abstract or Description

This article advances the notion of “extractive humanitarianism” to designate the role played by data extraction and knowledge extraction operations in refugee governmentality. It argues that extractive operations rely on refugees’ active participation to their own governmentality—what I define as participatory confinement. The piece engages with feminist literature on unpaid labor and shows that participatory confinement implies that refugees perform unpaid labor activities, which are disguised as voluntary work. It moves on by conceptualizing participatory confinement through the lens of the invitation to governmentality. In order to develop this, the article focuses on two modes of participatory confinement: unpaid labor that asylum seekers do as “voluntary” activities and knowledge and data extraction. It concludes by questioning extractive humanitarianism in light of the subtle coercion and invisible exploitation that asylum seekers are exposed to.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcac018

Additional Information:

ESRC-funded project “Financial inclusion and digital connectivity in refugee governance” (2020–2022).

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Communication, Culture & Critique following peer review. The version of record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcac018.

Keywords:

extractive humanitarianism; unpaid labour; refugees; participatory confinement; value

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
3 March 2022Accepted
25 April 2022Published Online
June 2022Published

Item ID:

31743

Date Deposited:

27 Apr 2022 14:29

Last Modified:

17 Jun 2022 13:48

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31743

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)