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Inside Immigration Detention$
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Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675470.001.0001

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Inside immigration detention

(p.1) Introduction
Inside Immigration Detention

Mary Bosworth

Oxford University Press

The introduction sketches the shape of the contemporary immigration detention system in the UK and introduces the main themes of the book. It describes the primary demographic and legal characteristics of the detained population while outlining the nature of the academic and policy debate about this form of border control. So far, most literature on detention is purely theoretical or based on secondary source accounts. This chapter introduces one of the key arguments of the book, that we need greater academic engagement with these sites and with those within them. It then summarizes each chapter, providing a road map for the reader.

Keywords:   immigration detention, deportability, ethnography, citizenship, detained population, border control, border criminologies

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