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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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Everyday life in detention

Everyday life in detention

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Inside Immigration Detention

Mary Bosworth

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes everyday life in detention, depicting how detainees pass their time and move around the centre. It describes the manner in which people arrive and leave the centres, and some of their concerns. Despite significant material differences among the detention centres due to their design, detainees’ view of detention is dictated by their immigration case, which exists beyond the confines of the centre in which they are held. Consequently, traditional sociological assumptions about importation and deprivation, which have been so important in understanding the prison, have little explanatory value in detention. Instead, scholars must take a wider view, situating daily life in a global frame.

Keywords:   regime, routine, immigration detention, detention custody office, everyday life, importation, deprivation, uncertainty

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