Title: Moralisation and criminalisation: a socio-political history of the expulsion of foreigners in Belgium (1830-1952)

Authors: Andrew Crosby

Addresses: Institut de Sociologie (Germe – CP 124), Avenue Jeanne 44, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Abstract: This article analyses through an historical lens how the policy of expulsion of foreigners in Belgium was born and has been transformed over time. Relying on the analysis that the rise of state intervention in the last quarter of the 19th century elevated nationality as a demarcation criterion, I say that these changes can only fully be understood if we take into account the ideological origins and use of the policies. Hence, the paradigm of the state of exception is used to describe the policies that specifically targeted political opponents and destitute foreigners. Lastly, following the theory of degradation ceremonies, I analyse how framing the foreigner as an unethical subject was an important step in legitimising the exceptional power of expulsion.

Keywords: foreigner expulsion; moralisation; criminalisation; ideology; immigrants; governing through crime; state of exception; socio-political history; foreigners; Belgium; theory of degradation ceremonies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMBS.2017.10001432

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2017 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.235 - 253

Received: 12 Oct 2015
Accepted: 23 Mar 2016

Published online: 22 Mar 2017 *

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