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Author Hall, Alexandra (Lecturer in political science)

Title Border watch : cultures of immigration, detention and control / Alexandra Hall
Published London : Pluto Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States of America exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 199 pages .)
Series Anthropology, culture and society
Anthropology, culture, and society.
Contents Introduction : going inside -- Visual practice and the secure regime -- Being there : social life in the centre -- Compliance and defiance : contesting the regime -- Drawing the line : discretion and power -- Ethics and encounters -- Conclusion
Summary 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 and original 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 the grassroots immigration system, or about the people charged with enacting immigration policy at local levels. Detention, particularly, is a hidden side of border politics, despite its growing international importance as a tool of control and security. This book fills the gap admirably, analysing the everyday encounters between officers and immigrants in detention to explore broad social trends and theoretical concerns
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-194) and index
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Subject Alien detention centers -- Great Britain.
Illegal aliens -- Great Britain.
Immigration enforcement -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History -- 21st century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 184964716X (electronic bk.)
9781849647168 (electronic bk.)