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The Borders of PunishmentMigration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion$
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Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.001.0001

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Can Immigration Detention Centres be Legitimate? Understanding Confinement in a Global World

Can Immigration Detention Centres be Legitimate? Understanding Confinement in a Global World

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(p.149) 8 Can Immigration Detention Centres be Legitimate? Understanding Confinement in a Global World
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The Borders of Punishment
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Mary Bosworth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.003.0009

This chapter draws upon eighteen months of fieldwork across five British immigration removal centres (IRCs) to examine how staff and detainees make sense of immigration detention. The subjects showed considerable confusion and ambivalence in their testimonies and a striking reliance on the prison to make sense of where they are and what they are doing. Their accounts reveal an extensive legitimacy deficit facing detention. However, this deficit does not lead to the crises that criminological scholarship would lead us to expect, suggesting perhaps that we need a new critical vocabulary for understanding the power in and of such places.

Keywords:   immigration control, illegal immigrants, detainees, legitimacy, immigration removal centres, prisons

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