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Enduring Uncertainty

Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life

Ines Hasselberg

186 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-022-3 $45.00/£32.00 Hb Published (March 2016)

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“Hasselberg’s book is an important contribution at a time when migration to Europe is being widely discussed. While politicians and tabloids steer this debate to suit their own agendas, large aspects of the increasingly punitive migration policies in the UK remain out of public sight. By choosing foreign national prisoners and their families as her research participants, Hasselberg is not only offering them a voice, but also telling a different and undoubtedly more complex story about citizenship and belonging in Britain today.” · London School of Economics Review of Books

“An impressively informative and exceptionally presented study that includes a ten page bibliography of References and an eighty-five page Index, "Enduring Uncertainty" is a compelling work of original scholarship that is very highly recommended for academic library Contemporary Social Issues reference collections in general, and Deportation Policy supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” · Midwest Book Review

“This is an extremely moving monograph… Hasselberg offers a crucial, original, and precious contribution to the study of migration, human rights, and anthropology.” · Marie-Benedicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Brighton

“This book is easy and enjoyable to read. The subject material is fascinating and little researched to date, so this fills an important knowledge gap.” · Melanie Griffiths, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

“A fascinating exploration of the deportation process… The work sheds light on the protracted insecurity that pervades the lives of those caught in the process and the strategies and tactics they put in place to cope with it.” · Nando Sigona, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

Focusing on the lived experience of immigration policy and processes, this volume provides fascinating insights into the deportation process as it is felt and understood by those subjected to it. The author presents a rich and innovative ethnography of deportation and deportability experienced by migrants convicted of criminal offenses in England and Wales. The unique perspectives developed here – on due process in immigration appeals, migrant surveillance and control, social relations and sense of self, and compliance and resistance – are important for broader understandings of border control policy and human rights.

Ines Hasselberg is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, and Associate Director of Border Criminologies research webpage. Ines completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sussex in 2013. Her work has been published at the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Surveillance and Society. She has edited with Dr Heike Drotbohm the special issue ‘Deportation, Anxiety, Justice: New Ethnographic Perspectives’ (JEMS 2015 41(4)), and with Prof Mary Bosworth and Dr Sarah Turnbull the special issue ‘Punishment, Citizenship and Identity: The Incarceration of Foreign Nationals’ (2015, CCJ).

Series: Volume 17, Dislocations
Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies General Anthropology
Area: Europe

LC: JV7633 .H37 2016

BISAC: SOC007000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Emigration & Immigration; LAW032000 LAW/Emigration & Immigration; SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General

BIC: JFFN Migration, immigration & emigration; LNDA1 Immigration law

Enduring Uncertainty: Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life by Ines Hasselberg is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

This edition is supported by Knowledge Unlatched. Full Text.

OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-372-9


List of Abbreviations

Introduction: An Ethnography of Deportation from the UK

Chapter 1. The Politics of Deportation
Chapter 2. Living the Law
Chapter 3. Surveillance and Control
Chapter 4. Undecided Present, Uncertain Futures
Chapter 5. On Compliance and Resistance



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