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Inside Immigration Detention
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Inside Immigration Detention

Mary Bosworth


Based on fieldwork conducted in six immigration removal centres (IRCs) between 2009 and 2012, this book draws together a large amount of empirical data including detainee surveys and interviews, staff interviews, observation, and detailed fieldnotes. From this, the book explores how IRCs identify their inhabitants as strangers, constructing them as unfamiliar, ambiguous, and uncertain. In this endeavour, the establishments are greatly assisted by their resemblance to prisons and by familiar racialized narratives about foreigners and nationality. However, as staff and detainee testimonies revea ... More

Keywords: immigration detention, ambivalence, border control, recognition, gender, citizenship, race, criminology, identity, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Bosworth, author