Academics, Activists and Policy-makers
Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn
Chapter 8: Geographical perspectives on detention: spatial control and its contestation
The chapter explores research about detention conducted by geographers and other scholars using geographical methods. Geographers conceptualize detention as a form of spatial control, and the authors suggest that this approach offers tools to scholars and activists aiming to contest detention. The discussion of existing scholarship is organized around three themes: im/mobilities, scaled analyses and borders/bordering. The authors offer empirical examples of geographic work on the spatial control of non-citizens, as well as contestation of these mechanisms. They contend that geographic perspectives on detention embody and exemplify a critical orientation with the power to disrupt the spread of detention across and within a widening array of places and social groups.
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