Immigration policy has catapulted to the forefront of public debate around the world as governments from Europe to America to Asia become increasingly restrictive and hostile to migrant and refugee flows. While deportation, detention, and border-control policies are by no means new, there has been a clear surge in emphasis on these policies. In their chapter for the 2018 volume Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation, and Border Control (edited by David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas), the GDP’s Executive Director Michael Flynn and Contributing Researcher Matthew Flynn examine factors that have spurred the global rise of immigration detention.
In contrast to post-structural arguments that view the rise of immigration detention as a symbolic act of national sovereignty aimed at demarcating those within the nation-state by excluding others, Flynn and Flynn advance an actor-oriented analysis that views detention systems as complex organisations that rely on institutional and legal structures to buttress their existence, multiple sources of financing to grow operations, and support from a broad range of social actors who have both diverging and overlapping motives for promoting expansion of this tool of social control.
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Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation, and Border Control
Edited by David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas
Columbia University Press, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1. Introduction: Immigration Policy in an Age of Punishment, by Philip Kretsedemas and David Brotherton
I. CONTROLLING BORDERS AND MIGRANT POPULATIONS
- 2. Obama’s Legacy as “Deporter in Chief,” by Tanya Bolash-Goza
- 3. Immigration Policy and Migrant Support Organizations in an Era of Austerity and Hope, by Deirdre Conlon
- 4. Ordinary Injustices: Persecution, Punishment, and the Criminalization of Asylum in Canada, by Graham Hudson
- 5. Seeking Asylum in Australia: The Role of Emotion and Narrative in State and Civil Society Responses, by Greg Martin and Claudia Tazreiter
- 6. Critiquing Zones of Exception: Actor-Oriented Approaches Explaining the Rise of Immigration Detention, by Matthew B. Flynn and Michael Flynn
- 7. The Controlled Expansion of Local Immigration Laws: An analysis of US Supreme Court Jurisprudence, by Philip Kretsedemas
II. PRODUCING DEPLORABLE SUBJECTS
- 8. The Sociology of Vindictiveness and the Deportable Alien, by David C. Brotherton and Sarah Tosh
- 9. Banished Yet Un-Deported: The Constitution of a ‘Floating Population’ of Deportees Within France, by Carolina Boe
- 10. Fear of Deportation as a Barrier to Immigrant Integration, by Shirley Leyro
- 11. Deported to Tijuana: Social Networks and Religious Communities, by María Dolores París and Gabriel Pérez Duperou
- 12. Medical Deportations: Blurring the Line between Health Care and Immigration Enforcement,, by Lisa Sun-Hee Park
- 13. Citizenship in the Green Card Army, by Sofya Aptekar
- 14. The Production of Immigration Exclusions under H-1B and L-1 Visas, by Payal Banerjee
- 15. The Precarious Deportee and Human Rights in the Dominican Republic, by Yolanda Martin
“This timely volume takes sharp aim at institutions that continue to marginalize the vulnerable, and, in doing so, it makes important advances for Studies in Transgression. Toward that end, an impressive roster of international contributors demonstrates the global implications of border—and social—control.” – Michael Welch, Rutgers University and University of Buenos Aires
“Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment identifies the sharp edges of Western efforts to make life difficult for migrants. Importantly, it does so in part by doing what many books fail to do: expanding its gaze away from a narrow concern about the boundaries of nation-states. Reaching into fields as disparate as geography and sociology, these essays will begin to define the field of critical immigration enforcement studies.” – César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver