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Enduring Uncertainty

Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life

Ines Hasselberg

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186 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-022-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (March 2016)

ISBN  978-1-80073-733-4 $19.95/£15.95 / Pb / Published (December 2022)


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Enduring Uncertainty is a strong, deep, and well-documented exploration into the lives of the often-stigmatized migrants who have committed crimes…Hasselberg’s work sheds light on the insecurity and vulnerability present in deportation regimes, and the efforts of migrants and their families put in place to restore their sense of dignity.” • Theoretical Criminology

“[Hasselberg’s] findings are rooted in complex theory, but the lengthy quotations, short sentence structures, and logical chapter sequence make the book accessible beyond academic audiences. It is recommended reading for anyone wanting to better understand what life is like at the extreme end of exclusionary citizenship practices…a deeply moving account about bodies caught in limbo by bureaucratic border policies.” • International Migration Review

“How people deal with the threat of that exile, both practically and emotionally, is the theme of this powerful, [insightful and important] ethnography. Through foregrounding the perspectives of those living these policies, this book gives a deeply unsettling account of what deportation does to people…It provides an excellent account of the frustrations and challenges for those who are appealing their deportation, and facing intense forms of state surveillance and control. This is an important stage in the deportation corridor…, which has not really been explored. It is well written, and accessible to undergraduates, postgraduates, and the general reader. It is relevant to those studying law (and lawyers), criminology, anthropology, sociology and political sciences, and is a real interdisciplinary text.” • Centre Border Criminologies

“Overall, this is a very accessible book for those who have little experience or knowledge of the UK detention and immigration system. Rich ethnographic material is interwoven effectively with relevant theory, while the findings are both timely and in need of application.” • The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice

“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

“Ines Hasselberg provides a compelling account of the experiences of foreign nationals who are legal residents of the United Kingdom and have been convicted of a crime and face deportation… fascinating aspect of Hasselberg’s legal analysis is her attention to her interviewees’ emotional states and emerging critical appraisals of the law… All in all, Enduring Uncertainty provides a detailed portrait of the Challenges experienced by those whose lives are upended due to deportation policies.” • American Ethnologist

“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).

Subject: Refugee and Migration StudiesAnthropology (General)
Area: Europe

Enduring Uncertainty by Ines Hasselberg is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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