Challenging Immigration Detention
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Challenging Immigration Detention

Academics, Activists and Policy-makers

Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn

Immigration detention is an important global phenomenon increasingly practiced by states across the world in which human rights violations are commonplace. Challenging Immigration Detention introduces readers to various disciplines that have addressed immigration detention in recent years and how these experts have sought to challenge underlying causes and justifications for detention regimes. Contributors provide an overview of the key issues addressed in their disciplines, discuss key points of contention, and seek out linkages and interactions with experts from other fields.
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Chapter 8: Geographical perspectives on detention: spatial control and its contestation

Deirdre Conlon, Nancy Hiemstra and Alison Mountz


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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