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Sentiments of Bureaucracies

Court records for an asylum adjudication claim which contains the digital file of the federal asylum authority as a paper print-out

Court records for an asylum adjudication claim which contains the digital file of the federal asylum authority as a paper print-out
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Sentiments of Bureaucracies: Affective Dynamics in the Digital Transformation of German Immigration Management

The project B07 ethnographically traces, whether and how bureaucratic sentiments (understood as both evaluative emotional repertoires and regimes of meaning) change when digital technologies are introduced into the administrative process of determining asylum status or deciding on residence permits. It further asks how these (digitalized) bureaucratic sentiments affect the outcome of such decisions. The project thus raises fundamental questions regarding the emotional and affective dimensions of new modes of governance and their implications for negotiating citizenship rights and the politics of belonging under conditions of globalization. It contributes to the CRC’s overall aim to explore how societal transformations not only produce new affective dynamics, but are also brought about by the institutionalization of affective regimes.


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