Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327235 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745327242 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control

Alexandra Hall

Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control

Alexandra Hall

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327235 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745327242 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

This highly topical book provides rare insights into the treatment of the 'other' and will be essential for policy makers and students studying anthropology and sociology.

Contents

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
References
Index

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