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Enduring Uncertainty

Enduring Uncertainty: Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life OPEN ACCESS

Ines Hasselberg
Series: Dislocations
Copyright Date: 2016
Published by: Berghahn Books
Pages: 252
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    Enduring Uncertainty
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    Fact and Fiction explores the intersection between literature and the sciences, focusing on German and British culture between the eighteenth century and today.

    eISBN: 978-1-78533-023-0
    Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Law
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  1. Over the last few decades, immigration procedures and policies have been increasingly refined worldwide to broaden eligibility to deportation and allow the easier removal of unwanted foreign nationals. Deportation today is not an exception but rather a normalised and distinct form of state power. Yet, as the e-mail from Jen reproduced in the Preface attests, deportation is not an event but a process that begins long before a migrant is forcibly removed from one country and sent to another. Two years after Jen first e-mailed me, her circumstances had not changed. Her partner remained in the UK under immigration detention,...

  2. Deportation, as a form of expulsion regulating human mobility (Walters 2002), is a practice of state power that reinforces its own sovereignty, renovating concepts such as ‘citizens’ and ‘aliens’ that establish the boundary between those who are included and those excluded, attributing certain benefits to the former that are denied to the latter (Allegro 2006; Bosniak 1998; De Genova 2002; Peutz 2006). While an examination of practices of deportation is thus located at the intersection of several oppositions – such as citizen/foreigner, home/away, mobility/emplacement, inclusion/exclusion and deserving/undeserving – these are uneasy binaries, constantly challenged and reshaped by different actors. In...

  3. This chapter is centred on the encounter of foreign nationals, as lay people, with legal institutions, drawing on ethnographic research conducted at the then Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in London. It examines hearing proceedings from an ethnographic and not a legal perspective. Here the interest is not located in issues of sentencing or case law, but rather on how deportation appeals are lived and understood by appellants.

    Looking at appeal hearings is a vital component in understanding the effect of deportation policies in the UK. Appealing against deportation was one of the few options available to a migrant subject...

  4. Facing deportation implies the establishment, or reinforcement, of a relationship between the migrant (and his family) and the host state. How that relationship develops and the resulting consequences are addressed in this book. The previous chapter dealt with the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) and the experience of legally challenging one’s deportation. Immigration tribunals however are but one theatre in which the state exercises power (Bhartia 2010) over migrants’ bodies. When foreign nationals are subject to deportation or removal, they become subjects to be placed under surveillance, monitored and detained – Immigration Removal Centres and reporting centres thus become stages...

  5. The previous chapters have focused on the encounter between foreign nationals and legal and surveillance institutions. Migrants’ deportability, however, is not just felt and experienced in relation to these official bodies, it is also embedded in their daily lives, social relations and sense of self.

    When foreign nationals are confronted with the Home Office’s intent to deport them, they are usually confused, surprised, some even shocked. They do not fully understand why this is happening to them, how they can prevent it, what their chances are of preventing it and the full consequences of failing to prevent it. As these...

  6. In 2009, half way through my fieldwork, I was e-mailed a call for papers for a journal special issue on migrant protest that I immediately put aside. After all, I thought, my research participants do not protest, I have nothing to contribute. I was however too quick to discard it, as next morning I woke with the pressing question that this chapter seeks to address: Why are my research participants not protesting? They certainly felt that wrong was being done to them, they questioned the state’s legitimacy in separating them from their families, they believed their rights had been violated...

  7. Conclusion (pp. 145-156)

    This book aims to provide insights into how deportation and deportability translate into social reality and how it impacts upon the lives of those whom it affects the most. It shows that the experience of deportation cannot be looked at in isolation – it is part of a wider process that entails state surveillance and control, chronic uncertainty and limited scope for political action. Three key elements have emerged from this examination: that deportation is a process, not an event; that deportability is lived as a legal category, a socio-political condition and as a state of mind (De Genova 2002;...

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