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Author Piot, Charles, author.

Title The fixer : visa lottery chronicles / Charles Piot ; with Kodjo Nicolas Batema.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.


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Description 1 online resource (x, 212 pages) : illustrations.
Series A theory in forms book
Theory in forms.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Border practice -- The interview -- Kinship by other means -- Trading futures -- Embassy indiscretions -- Protest -- Prison -- America, here we come -- Lomé 2018.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star MiAaHDL
Summary In the West African nation of Togo, applying for the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is a national obsession, with hundreds of thousands of Togolese entering each year. From the street frenzy of the lottery sign-up period and the scramble to raise money for the embassy interview, to the gamesmanship of those adding spouses and dependents to their dossiers, the application process is complicated, expensive, and unpredictable. In 'The Fixer' Charles Piot follows Kodjo Nicolas Batema, a Togolese visa broker-known as a "fixer"--As he shepherds his clients through the application and interview process. Relaying the experiences of the fixer, his clients, and embassy officials, Piot captures the ever-evolving cat-and-mouse game between the embassy and the hopeful Togolese, as well as the disappointments and successes of lottery winners in the United States. These detailed and compelling stories uniquely illustrate the desire and savviness of migrants as they work to find what they hope will be a better life
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 31, 2020).
Subject Batema, Kodjo Nicolas (Visa broker)
African diaspora.
Togo -- Emigration and immigration.
Visas -- Togo.
Togolese -- Migrations -- History -- 21st century.
Togolese -- United States.
Visas -- United States.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Emigration & Immigration.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
African diaspora. (OCoLC)fst00799755
Emigration and immigration. (OCoLC)fst00908690
Emigration and immigration law. (OCoLC)fst00908736
Togolese. (OCoLC)fst01152091
Visas. (OCoLC)fst01167796
Visas -- Government policy. (OCoLC)fst01906648
Togo. (OCoLC)fst01208739
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Batema, Kodjo Nicolas (Visa broker), author.
Other Form: Print version: Piot, Charles. Fixer. Durham : Duke University Press, 2019 9781478001911 (DLC) 2018047216
ISBN 9781478003427 (electronic book)
1478003421 (electronic book)
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