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Border Watch

Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control

by Alexandra Hall

Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society

A bold intervention into the little understood immigration system.
Questions over immigration and asylum face almost all Western countries. Should only economically useful immigrants be allowed? What should be done with unwanted or 'illegal' immigrants?

In this bold intervention, Alexandra Hall shows that immigration detention centres offer a window onto society's broader attitudes towards immigrants. Despite periodic media scandals, remarkably little has been written about the everyday workings of this system, or about the people responsible for setting immigration policy. Detention, particularly, is a hidden side of border politics, despite its growing international importance as a tool of control and security.

This book also looks at the social life and the relationships between officers and immigrants to explore broad social trends, as well as resistance within the system, and provides rare insights into the treatment of the 'other'.

Alexandra Hall is Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Politics, University of York.

'Challenges the way we understand detention' - William Walters, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, and author of Governmentality: Critical Encounters (2012). 'A rich, thoughtful, fair, and ultimately strong examination of immigration detention centres and guards' - Josiah McC. Heyman, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, University of Texas at El Paso. 'Hugely impressive' - LSE Review of Books
1. Introduction: Going Inside
2. Visual Practice and the Secure Regime
3. Being There: Social Life in the Centre
4. Compliance and Defiance: Contesting the Regime
5. Drawing the Line: Discretion and Power
6. Ethics and Encounters
7. Conclusion
Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2012
Paperback ISBN: 9780745327235

135mm x 215mm

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