Andy Scott Chang receives honorable mention for the Aristide Zolberg Distinguished Student Scholar in the ASA Section on International Migration

Andy Scott Chang received an honorable mention for the Aristide Zolberg Distinguished Student Scholar in the ASA Section on International Migration for his “Producing the Self-Regulating Subject: Liberal Protection in Indonesia’s Migration Infrastructure.” Pacific Affairs 91(4):695-716.

Abstract: Labour protection has become a dominant agenda in global migration
governance, particularly for sending countries whose diasporic citizens
are denied political rights in host states. Despite having limited authority
to arbitrate extraterritorial disputes, sending countries like Indonesia have
deployed novel techniques of statecraft to improve migrant protection.
Through the prism of the professional competence exam and pre-departure
orientation seminar, this article investigates the Indonesian state’s regulatory
practices that focus on migrant conduct. Although outbound domestic
workers are subject to a prolonged process of skill formation, other
Indonesian contract workers pursue emigration upon acquiring basic legal
knowledge without undergoing accreditation. While both programs are
designed to inculcate migrant capabilities for self-protection, the state’s
professionalization of domestic workers constitutes a liberal strategy of
exclusion that is predicated on their master status as “vulnerable victims”
in public discourse. To understand Indonesia’s increasingly mediated
migration infrastructure, then, requires attention to the liberal rationality of
protection that involves the transformation of migrants into self-regulating
subjects.