ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the normative frameworks which underpin social processes and the conceptions of membership inherent in them. It outlines the normative placement of the crimmigrant other outside the moral boundaries of the nation and, thereby, how this makes him or her a central element in the constitution and daily production of these same boundaries. The chapter also examines different conceptions of justice and inclusion, which may offer a glimpse of an alternative normative and ethical landscape. In Scales of Justice, Nancy Fraser argues that, in a global age, discourses of justice are gradually moving from a normal to an abnormal frame. The use of penal power at the border is particularly incongruous when used on children. The arbitrariness of nationalism becomes problematic when it comes up against the needs of children and their right to be included in the normative concerns of the nation.